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Great Pianists

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From Mozart’s fabulous legato that “flowed like oil” to Beethoven’s oceanlike surge, from Clara Schumann’s touch “sharp as a pencil sketch” to Rubinstein’s volcanic and sensual playing, The Great Pianists brings to life the brilliant, stylish, and sometimes eccentric personalities, methods, and technical peculiarities of history’s greatest pianists.

Pulitzer Prize–winning critic and author Harold C. Schonberg presents vivid accounts of the artists’ performances, styles, and even...

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Overview

From Mozart’s fabulous legato that “flowed like oil” to Beethoven’s oceanlike surge, from Clara Schumann’s touch “sharp as a pencil sketch” to Rubinstein’s volcanic and sensual playing, The Great Pianists brings to life the brilliant, stylish, and sometimes eccentric personalities, methods, and technical peculiarities of history’s greatest pianists.

Pulitzer Prize–winning critic and author Harold C. Schonberg presents vivid accounts of the artists’ performances, styles, and even their personal lives and quirky characteristics— such as Mozart’s intense competition with Clementi, Lizst’s magnetic effect on women (when he played, ladies flung their jewels on stage), and Gottschalk’s persistent nailbiting, which left the keys covered with blood.

Including profiles of Horowitz and Van Cliburn, among others, and chapters detailing the playing and careers of such modern pianists as de Larrocha, Ashkenazy, Gilels, Gould, Brendel, Bolet, Gutierrez, and Watts, The Great Pianists is a comprehensive and fascinating look at legendary performers past and present.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780671638375
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster
  • Publication date: 6/15/1987
  • Edition description: Simon & Schuster
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 528
  • Sales rank: 324,786
  • Product dimensions: 6.12 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 1.20 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2000

    For Anyone Who Admires Pianists

    This book is an excellent overview of the great pianists whose brilliant playing has thrilled the world. I first discovered this book while in high school and was so fascinated by it that I always spent my study hall hour pouring over its pages when I should have been studying. It's just a wonderful book, and if you like piano music and admire pianists, you will certainly enjoy this book. I highly recommend it.

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