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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If nothing else, you will be impressed with his thought and work behind his ‘criticism’. The only problem is that it was convicting me so badly that I kept having to stop reading to go practice my technique very thoroughly.

The interesting book I’d like to read again. What was the ellspring of Paderewski’s attraction, of Horowitz’s, of Rubinstein’s? 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. KIRKUS REVIEW Whereas this title would seem exhaustive, and he does indeed give more than four chapters to the contemporary period, 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.

But I remember enjoying the reading for this class a great deal and wishing we read more of it. After reading, I now have a richer language for describing piano performance, a lengthy list of discs to add to my music library, and access points into those recordings.

Also, in the older copy I read Schonverg wasn’t thrilled that he bucketed one group of female pianists into their own chapter rather than weaving their stories into the full history. The Great Pianists Harold C.

Great Pianists

Be the first to discover new talent! How then, can Schonberg rate pianists he has never even heard? Media reporter, reviewer, producer, guest booker, blogger. Brilliant book for anyone who loves the piano.


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. I do believe this is one of the most important books that a piano student can read, especially one still in his formative-of-technique years.

After all, he was a great critic writing for the New York Times, and not just on piano. This was a great book — probably not something most people would want to read for pleasure. That is difficult to sustain for pages and over 50 significant profiles and he should be commended.

Open Preview See a Problem? In the 18th and 19th century, all pianists had to improvise and play their own music.


Aug 07, William Trently rated it it was amazing Shelves: It’s some kind of historical book about the piano and the pianists. Maybe that is just personal bias, but I really love Note: May 12, Jack Laschenski rated it it was harld. Sometimes there was a translation, and I think maybe it was supposed to be obvious what was being said.

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.

Lots of interesting stuff in this book. Lists with This Book.

The great pianists Harold C. Account Options Sign in. Many pianists played “with clarity,” or possessed “glorious” tone, or demonstrated superb fluency because of their “brilliant” technical skills. Sang rated it really liked it May 06, For a piano teacher this is an invaluable, inspiring, and practical source of information to encourage students in their interpretation of classical piano music.

Schonberg, senior New York Times music critic for twenty years, was schonbsrg first in his field to be awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Criticism As the book passes piainsts the present, I feel it drags a bit more, as though Schonberg settled into a groove and just repeated the same sorts of details for all the pianists without making the effort to distinguish each one from the other.


Jan 14, Davidberlin rated it really liked it. Goodreads helps you schonbeg track of books you want to read. It did capture some pianits stories and sparked my curiosity. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Slow read because it is mostly history but has some interesting information. Nov 27, Genni rated it it was amazing Shelves: Have referred to it often.

Return to Book Page. I felt the constant movement and morphing as one era blurred into the other, something new always occurring in music. Again, some parts were better than others. Paperbackpages. Now that we have that garden of endless delights known as YouTube and the Google search, I have written down several recordings I plan to search for, notably the collaborations caught on disc between Sergei Rachmaninov and Schonbert Kreisler!

It may have been unavoidable, in trying to compress so many biographies into one volume, but most of the book is slow, dry going for the non-teaching, non-performing reader. Music is an auditory experience, and it is quite difficult to write about it well, especially to describe individual artists’ styles.

The Great Pianists by Harold C. Schonberg

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. How did the salon technique of piano playing compares to that of the harpichord? Today none do except jazz folks. I liked the parts it talks about liszt. On the whole, he has succeeded factually, but the book is not at all the sort to reward the reader who might happen to have taken a new piano lessons or enjoy an occasional concert.

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