Moriz Rosenthal in Word and Music: A Legacy of the Nineteenth Century

Moriz Rosenthal in Word and Music: A Legacy of the Nineteenth Century

by Mark Mitchell
     
 

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As a pianist, Rosenthal was unparalleled: his legato touch came from
Chopin through his pupil Mikuli; his awareness of composition was developed by
Liszt; his Brahms interpretation shaped by the composer himself; and his ingeniously
crafted piano-paraphrases memorialized his friendship with Johann Strauss II. Yet
Rosenthal's pianistic abilities

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Overview

As a pianist, Rosenthal was unparalleled: his legato touch came from
Chopin through his pupil Mikuli; his awareness of composition was developed by
Liszt; his Brahms interpretation shaped by the composer himself; and his ingeniously
crafted piano-paraphrases memorialized his friendship with Johann Strauss II. Yet
Rosenthal's pianistic abilities were married to a rare intellectual erudition -- a
knowledge of literature, history, philology, science, philosophy, and society that
few pianists have ever matched, let alone surpassed.

In these
striking pieces, we see every facet of Rosenthal: memoirist, social critic,
pedagogue, and virtuoso. He could write with gravity and pathos, yet his famous and
sometimes devastating wit is legendary. This volume combines Rosenthal's writings
with critical assessments of the pianist by such contemporaries as Eduard Hanslick,
Edward Prime-Stevenson, and Hugo Wolf. It is rounded out with an illuminating
preface by Charles Rosen, perhaps Rosenthal's most renowned pupil; a discography and
concertography; and a CD featuring never-before-released Rosenthal
recordings.

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Editorial Reviews

Normal Lebrecht

"Rosenthal's reminiscences are essential reading for all who wonder where the magic has gone from the modern piano." —Normal Lebrecht

Marc-Andre Hamelin

"This wonderfully researched and lovingly constructed book will introduce readers to a fascinating personality among pianists of the Golden Age." —Marc-Andre Hamelin

Choice

"This is a valuable work for pianists and an enjoyable read for everyone. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Inclusive music libraries serving readers at all levels." —Choice

The Gramophone

"All pianophiles are in debt to Mitchell and Evans for this glimpse into Rosenthal's vanished world...." —The Gramophone

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"All pianophiles are in debt to Mitchell and Evans for this glimpse into Rosenthal's vanished world...." —The Gramophone

"Rosenthal's reminiscences are essential reading for all who wonder where the magic has gone from the modern piano." —Normal Lebrecht

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780253111661
Publisher:
Indiana University Press
Publication date:
11/03/2005
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
208
File size:
1 MB

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Norman Lebrecht
"Rosenthal's reminiscences are essential reading for all who wonder where the magic has gone from the modern piano." —Normal Lebrecht
Marc-Andre Hamelin
"This wonderfully researched and lovingly constructed book will introduce readers to a fascinating personality among pianists of the Golden Age." —Marc-Andre Hamelin

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