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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Jan 14, Davidberlin rated it really liked it. Add both to Cart Add both to List. Product details Hardcover Publisher: 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, senior New York Times music critic for twenty years, was the first in his field to be awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Criticism I bought this book at a thrift store for twenty-five cents and could not have imagined at the time that it would transform into a solid piece of gold that I could not put down.

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.

The Great Pianists by Harold C. Schonberg

In the 18th and 19th century, all pianists had to improvise and play their own music. Gone are the days when an author would pour romantic adjectives and descriptions all over various pianists on one page, only to follow it on the next with scathing remarks about another.


Maybe that is just personal bias, but Haro,d really love Note: The details he incorporated – everything to Mozart’s style, the expectations of piano performance at the time period, and some of the pianist’s eccentricities particularly amused me.

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I only wish he could’ve been around and written this 30 years later! From the Back Cover 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.

Schonberg’s book on “The Great Pianists” brought the history of classical pianists to life. I’d like to read this book on Kindle Don’t have a Kindle? Published June 15th by Simon Schuster first published Dec 01, Emily rated it really liked it Shelves: I liked the parts it talks about liszt.

This book is geared more toward specialists than a general readership, and it was undoubtedly a stupendous undertaking to compile. Probably great on kindle.

The great pianists Harold C. This book was interesting and valuable, but it often broke down into lists of names and one- or two-sentence blurbs. There’s a problem loading this menu right now. Today none do except jazz folks.


Great Pianists

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A Natural History of the Piano: Schonberg lives in New York City. I warmly recommend this book as an introduction to the great pianists of history. Mar 17, Stephanie Pieck rated it liked it Shelves: I had never heard of Teodor Leschetizky except from my piano teacher who had studied with him AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally.

Feb 09, Jeff Wombold rated it it was ok.

Who were some of the great performers and teachers whose work caused revolutions in their day, but those names are now all but forgotten? Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime.