The Art of the Piano: Its Performers, Literature, and Recordings

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Here are enlightening profiles of history's greatest concert pianists from Clementi and Mozart to the major artists of the twentieth century. Here, too, in alphabetical order by composer, are the masterpieces of the literature, solo and concerto, a discussion of the place of each piece in the composer's oeuvre, and a list of recorded performances.
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Overview

Here are enlightening profiles of history's greatest concert pianists from Clementi and Mozart to the major artists of the twentieth century. Here, too, in alphabetical order by composer, are the masterpieces of the literature, solo and concerto, a discussion of the place of each piece in the composer's oeuvre, and a list of recorded performances.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780156000192
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 11/28/1995
  • Series: Harvest Book Series
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 477
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 9.04 (h) x 1.14 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 16, 2002

    Great Book - Needs Update

    The only reason I am giving this wonderful book four stars instead of five is that already since its second edition was published seven years ago it is in need of a third edition. To start with, there are a few unaccountable omissions. For example, Werner Haas is not listed. His work is uneven, but he defintely had an impact. Several pianists who were just starting their careers in 1995 have reached a point where an appraisal is warranted, for instance Awadagin Pratt. Pletnev is given just a very few lines in the second edition, but if his importance wasn't obvious in 1995, it certainly is now. There are even a few, like Volodos, who have come along and established themselves in the top ranks very quickly. And Ashkenazy, whose playing had been growing increasinly dull, has made some good recording since 1995. Dubal has a wonderful gift for evoking a pianist's musical personality, and that, even more than his incisive analyses of their strengths and weaknesses, is the greatest value of his book. It's an excellent guide for building a cd library in spite of a few inconsistencies between evaluations in the first part of the book and recommendations in the second part. I pick this book up it seems at least once a day, either to learn from it or to argue with it. In fact, I've worn my copy out, but I want to wait for a third edition before I replace it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 20, 2001

    Bedstand Book

    This is one of my favorite books to pick up and learn something new every time. I keep it on the nightstand and read often. David Duval knows his subject and writes about passionately. I've read all his books and listen to his weekly radio program, 'Reflections From the Keyboard'.

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