Journals Higher Education

$36.95

Hardcover

07 December 2007

320 Pages | 4 b/w halftones and 44 line illus.

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780195178265


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After the Golden Age

Romantic Pianism and Modern Performance

Kenneth Hamilton

Kenneth Hamilton's book engagingly and lucidly dissects the oft-invoked myth of a Great Tradition, or Golden Age of Pianism. It is written both for players and for members of their audiences by a pianist who believes that scholarship and readability can go hand-in-hand. Hamilton discusses in meticulous yet lively detail the performance-style of great pianists from Liszt to Paderewski, and delves into the far-from-inevitable development of the piano recital. He entertainingly recounts how classical concerts evolved from exuberant, sometimes riotous events into the formal, funereal trotting out of predictable pieces they can be today, how an often unhistorical "respect for the score" began to replace pianists' improvisations and adaptations, and how the clinical custom arose that an audience should be seen and not heard.

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