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Video Example 3.2e

A third high-angle closeup of Rubinstein’s hands is used for his performance of Chopin’s Waltz in C# Minor. Inserted between two lengthier wide shots of the performer at eye level, this shot runs considerably shorter than the Mendelssohn closeup and uses slightly wider framing to incorporate more of the keyboard, but also features much more dramatic panning. Pulling sharply to the left and right to keep the performer’s fingers in frame as he executes a series of complex runs, it showcases both Rubinstein’s technique and the virtuosity of the televisual apparatus, offering perspectives unavailable to an on-scene observer and demonstrating the medium’s capacity to bring visual interest to broadcast presentations of classical music.

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