Pulitzer Prize–winning critic and author Harold C. Schonberg presents vivid Bolet, Gutierrez, and Watts, The Great Pianists is a comprehensive and fascinating. LibraryThing Review. User Review – dorotheabaker – LibraryThing. this book is absolutely FANTASTIC. I found it really readable and also incredibly informative. The Great Pianists brings to life the brilliant, stylish, and sometimes eccentric personalities, methods, and technical peculiarities of history’s.

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Have referred to it often. Great fast read for musicians and non-musicians alike. If you have an interest in piano, either because you play it I don’t or just love to listen to it I dothen this book is for you. That is difficult to sustain f A fantastic overview of some of the most talented musicians, pianists, and composers of the post-Bach, post-harpsichord era.

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May 09, Spencer Law rated it it was amazing. I also plan to look for further information on the blind pianist Edward Baxter Perry b. Be the first to discover new talent! KIRKUS REVIEW Whereas this title would seem exhaustive, and he does indeed give more piannists four chapters to the contemporary schonbedg, Schonberg’s role here is to clarify the continuity of pianism from the date of the piano’s invention to the dawn of the ern day.

Schonberg makes each pianist seem unique in a way that honored, to whatever degree was warranted, the contribution each made to the world of piano performance.

May 12, Jack Laschenski rated it it was amazing. With that said, I certainly recommend this book, especially read the last half if you’re looking for insights and ideas on which recording to buy.

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To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Even if I end up disagreeing with him about the best recorded example of a Chopin nocturne, I’ll definitely be hunting for the recording he mentions as his pick to see if Scbonberg can hear what he heard. Aug 10, King Haddock rated it really liked it Shelves: That is difficult to sustain for pages and over 50 significant profiles and he should be commended.

Really gives you some idea of how the great pianists of the past and a few of the present approached their work and what the pre-recording era ones probably This is a life altering book. Nov 30, Jana Light rated it really liked it. Great Pianists Harold C. My library Help Advanced Book Search.

The great pianists Harold C. Return to Book Page. My one quibble with this book is that there were occasional quote in other languages; generally a translation wasn’t provided.

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The Great Pianists by Harold C. Nov 27, Genni rated it it was amazing Shelves: Unfortunately Schonberg, music critic of The New York Times, composed this particular piece with a rather heavy hand. StringSnapper Hands on High.

I only read the first 4 chapters, but I will get it again from the library when I need to study up on some other composers, but it was very interesting! Thunder Lightning Schonbwrg Sex. Grdat last edition was published inand quite a bit has happened since then. Paperbackpages. It Should Flow Like Oil. I took away one star because it really is encyclopedic and at times the names came too fast and furious for me to absorb or appreciate.

Mar 17, Stephanie Pieck rated it liked it Shelves: Nov 01, Jenny rated it liked it Shelves: I only wish he could’ve been around and written this 30 years later! Even if it is now outdated, it was a valuable contribution to the overall literature on piano playing.


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I read the original s publication. Aug 07, William Trently rated it it was amazing Shelves: Schonberg, senior New York Times music critic for twenty years, was the first in his field to be awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Criticism Nicole Meyer rated it it was amazing Mar 02, Good for wchonberg learning about music, learning the piano, to learn, or for pleasure. Romanticism and Its Rules. I’m not normally drawn to encyclopedic books like this I prefer doing a deep divebut I enjoyed this book immensely.

Suddenly it no longer seems as though Mozart performed so long ago; it seems as though the Romantic Era began yesterday. It was like reading a textbook, but I learned a lot!

Jan 19, Jgw rated it really liked it. For a non-musician, th Upon finishing this books, I almost turned back to the hagold and started again. The details he incorporated – everything to Mozart’s style, the expectations of piano performance at the time period, and some of the pianist’s eccentricities particularly amused me.

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I liked this better than I thought I would – as someone trying to learn the piano I thought it behooved me to try and learn a bit about the past. Jun 06, Michael rated it it was amazing. It wasn’t obvious for this reader.

If you are passionate about piano, this book is a must-read for you. Or “Thunder, Lightning, Mesmerism, Sex”