French Pianism: A Historical Perspective

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(Amadeus). The undisputed preeminence of Paris as a center of the piano world dates from the early 19th century, and the rigorous professors of the Paris Conservatoire transmitted the characteristic French piano style faithfully to each new generation for some 150 years. First published to critical acclaim in 1992, this landmark study, now considerably expanded and revised, surveys the historical development, performance practices and pedagogical philosophies of this vital school. HARDCOVER.

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Overview

(Amadeus). The undisputed preeminence of Paris as a center of the piano world dates from the early 19th century, and the rigorous professors of the Paris Conservatoire transmitted the characteristic French piano style faithfully to each new generation for some 150 years. First published to critical acclaim in 1992, this landmark study, now considerably expanded and revised, surveys the historical development, performance practices and pedagogical philosophies of this vital school. HARDCOVER.

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New edition of a survey in which Timbrell (piano, Howard University) presents the development, performance practices, and pedagogical philosophies of the French school of piano playing from its conception to the present forward-looking changes in the Conservatoire and the melding of the old French school with styles of other nations. In addition to recounting the history of piano making and the organizational and pedagogical structure of the French Conservatoire, he draws upon about 70 interviews with notable French-trained pianists as well his own lessons with famous teachers in order to illuminate teaching styles, curricula, and the imparting of the distinct French style on talented musicians of highly individual personalities and sensibilities. Contains many b&w photographs. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781574670455
  • Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation
  • Publication date: 3/28/2003
  • Edition description: 2nd Edition Revised
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 372
  • Sales rank: 1,078,048
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword 9
Preface to the Second Edition 11
Preface to the First Edition 13
List of Interviewees 17
List of Illustrations 20
Ch. 1 The Nineteenth Century 23
Early French Pianos 23
The Paris Conservatoire and French Musical Education 26
Composers, Performers, Teachers, and Methods 34
Historic Recordings 52
Ch. 2 Leading Artist-Teachers, 1900-1940 64
Isidor Philipp 79
Marguerite Long 91
Alfred Cortot 98
Lazare-Levy 112
Ch. 3 Major Figures Since World War II 119
Armand Ferte 123
Yves Nat 126
Marcel Ciampi 131
Jules Gentil 135
Yvonne Lefebure 139
Robert Casadesus 144
Jacques Fevrier 147
Vlado Perlemuter 152
Lucette Descaves 158
Lelia Gousseau 162
Yvonne Loriod 166
Dominique Merlet 169
Addendum: The Author's Recollections 174
Ch. 4 Interviews 183
Paul Loyonnet 183
Gaby Casadesus 192
Pierre Sancan 197
Jean-Joel Barbier 203
Germaine Mounier 207
Grant Johannesen 213
Pierre Barbizet 218
Jean-Philippe Collard 223
Brigitte Engerer 229
Jean-Marc Luisada 236
Helene Grimaud 241
Ch. 5 Coda: The French School, Past and Present 251
App. 1 Biographies of Interviewees 261
App. 2 Piano Professors at the Paris Conservatoire, 1795-1998 275
App. 3. Selected Discography 278
App. 4. Selected Methods, Exercises, and Etudes 319
Notes 325
Selected Bibliography 334
Photo Credits 353
Index 355
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