Download e-book for iPad: After the Golden Age: Romantic Pianism and Modern by Kenneth Hamilton

By Kenneth Hamilton

ISBN-10: 0195178262

ISBN-13: 9780195178265

Kenneth Hamilton's publication engagingly and lucidly dissects the oft-invoked fable of a very good culture, or Golden Age of Pianism. it really is written either for gamers and for individuals in their audiences via a pianist who believes that scholarship and clarity can cross hand-in-hand. Hamilton discusses in meticulous but full of life aspect the performance-style of significant pianists from Liszt to Paderewski, and delves into the far-from-inevitable improvement of the piano recital. He entertainingly recounts how classical concert events developed from exuberant, occasionally riotous occasions into the formal, funereal trotting out of predictable items they are often this present day, how a regularly unhistorical "respect for the ranking" started to substitute pianists' improvisations and variations, and the way the medical customized arose that an viewers can be visible and never heard.

Pianists will locate nutrition for inspiration right here on their repertoire and the traditions of its functionality. Hamilton chronicles why pianists of the previous didn't constantly commence a bit with the 1st word of the ranking, nor finish with the final. He emphasizes that nervousness over unsuitable notes is a comparatively contemporary psychosis, and taking part in solely from reminiscence a comparatively fresh requirement.

Audiences will stumble upon a bright account of ways tremendously diverse are the recitals they attend in comparison to live shows of the prior, and the way their very own position has decreased from noisily energetic contributors within the live performance event to passive recipients of creative benediction from the degree. they are going to realize while cowed listeners finally stopped applauding among activities, and why they stopped conversing loudly in the course of them.

The book's large message publicizes that there's not anything divinely ordained approximately our personal concert-practices, programming and piano-performance kinds. Many features of the trendy method are unhistorical-some laudable, a few only ludicrous. also they are a long way faraway from these fondly, if deceptively, remembered as constituting a Golden Age.

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