Pulitzer Prize–winning critic and author Harold C. Schonberg presents vivid Bolet, Gutierrez, and Watts, The Great Pianists is a comprehensive and fascinating. The Great Pianists brings to life the brilliant, stylish, and sometimes eccentric personalities, methods, and technical peculiarities of history’s. The Great Pianists has ratings and 29 reviews. King Haddock said: Note: I read the original s a charming little book, complet.

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The Great Pianists by Harold C.

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. It is a very detailed history of most if not all of the tge pianists.

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How then, can Schonberg rate pianists he has never even heard? I’m looking forward to developing my ear first by trying to hear what Schonberg heard, and second to see if I agree with his assessment. Apr 24, siavash nazerfasihi rated it liked it Shelves: I picked up the Fireside Book grwat for a ‘song’ and from time to time refer back to it when listening to a grea by a composer pianist, or just watching the incredible technique I see on You Tube virtuoso.

Share your thoughts with other customers. Many pianists played “with clarity,” or possessed “glorious” tone, or demonstrated superb fluency because of their “brilliant” technical skills. Also, in the older copy I read I wasn’t thrilled that he bucketed one group pianiets female pianists into their own chapter rather than weaving their stories into the full history.

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And so I come back to revisit this book – I am so glad Grfat did! Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands. Media reporter, reviewer, producer, guest booker, blogger. Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life.


I certainly had no hesitation reading about Horowitz, Rubinstein, de Pachmann oh my goodness I love that guyand so forth.

Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants. I warmly recommend this book as an introduction to the great pianists of history. Brilliant book for anyone who loves the piano. It’s full of interesting anecdotes which I’m sure I’ll never gret, as well as heaps of background on There’s a problem loading this menu right now.

It’s some kind of historical book about the piano and the pianists. Suddenly it no longer seems as though Mozart performed so long ago; it seems as though the Romantic Era began yesterday.

Pulitzer Prize—winning critic and author Harold C. Sang rated it really liked it May 06, I purchased this book as a gift. ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics. Mar 17, Stephanie Pieck rated it liked it Shelves: ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics. It is a history of the piano told from the point of view of the personalities of the pianists themselves by a Pulitzer Prize winning New York times music critic.

Top Reviews Hzrold recent Top Reviews. Jan 15, Iris rated it it was amazing. Ships from and sold by Amazon. Good for those learning about music, learning the piano, to learn, or for pleasure.

This is a fabulous book that will be a classic for all time–a big improvement over texts on music history I read as a college student. Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. Sign up here to receive your FREE alerts. For a pianist this is a treasure trove of useful information and stories threading together the interpretive philosophies that make up the historical fabric of pianism. 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.


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At least it is a very good resource for teachers, as the book does not cover so much the biographies of the great pianists but focuses on their style, technique, and how their inception into the concerting world.

This is a career enhancing book. Pulitzer Prize—winning critic and author Harold C. Sometimes there was a translation, and I think maybe it was supposed to be obvious what was being said.

The Great Pianists brings to life the brilliant, stylish, and sometimes eccentric personalities, methods, and technical peculiarities of history’s greatest pianists–from Mozart to the modern-day masters. Romanticism and Its Rules. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. This is an entertaining read for serious pianists or people who like music history. From amusing anecdotes about the pianist Gottschalk from New Orleans, to Beethoven’s infamous extemporization battle against the musical charlatan Steibelt, Schonberg captures it all with incisive wit and a perspicaciousness that seems to have been largely forgotten in contemporary writing.