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

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This volume collects the engaging and richly informative writings of pianist Moriz Rosenthal (1862–1946). A student of Franz Liszt and of Chopin's pupil Karl Mikuli, and colleague and friend of Brahms and Johann Strauss II, Rosenthal is best remembered as one of the great performers of late-Romantic piano music and as an editor and teacher. Rosenthal's words offer a glimpse at this great age of piano performance and music history, which linked the 19th century with the modern era. World-renowned musicologist and ...

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Overview

This volume collects the engaging and richly informative writings of pianist Moriz Rosenthal (1862–1946). A student of Franz Liszt and of Chopin's pupil Karl Mikuli, and colleague and friend of Brahms and Johann Strauss II, Rosenthal is best remembered as one of the great performers of late-Romantic piano music and as an editor and teacher. Rosenthal's words offer a glimpse at this great age of piano performance and music history, which linked the 19th century with the modern era. World-renowned musicologist and pianist Charles Rosen—perhaps Rosenthal's most acclaimed student—has written the preface. The book also contains a detailed discography and a professionally mastered CD with recordings by Rosenthal.

Indiana University Press

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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

From the Publisher
"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

"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

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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780253220974
  • Publisher: Indiana University Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/2009
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Mark Mitchell is author of Virtuosi: A Defense and a (Sometimes Erotic) Celebration of Great Pianists (IUP, 2001) and Vladimir de Pachmann: A Piano Virtuoso's Life and Art (IUP, 2002). He lives in Gainesville, Florida.

Allan Evans is the founder of Arbiter Cultural Traditions and teaches at the Mannes College of Music, New York. He lives in Flushing, New York.

Indiana University Press

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Table of Contents

Contents
Preface by Charles Rosen
Acknowledgments
Moriz Rosenthal: A Chronology
Introduction
1. Autobiography Moriz Rosenthal
2. Review of a Concert by M. R. in Vienna Eduard Hanslick
3. Letter to Lilli Lehmann M. R.
4. Review of a Concert by M. R. in Manchester Arthur Johnstone
5. Rosenthaliana Leonard Liebling
6. The Diémer Competition, Paris [1903] M. R.
7. The Bane of Virtuosity (excerpt) Lawrence Gilman
8. From Music, The Mystery and the Reality Paul Roës
9. On Liszt's Don Juan Fantasie M. R.
10. A Stroll with Ferruccio Busoni M. R.
11. Mahleriana M. R.
12. Czar Alexander II M. R.
13. Review of a Concert by M. R. H. C. C.
14. Letter to the Editor M. R.
15. As Others See Us: H. C. C.'s Response to M. R.'s Letter to the Editor
16. The Korngold Scandal
17. From Franz Liszt James Gibbons Huneker
18. The Old and the New School of Piano Playing M. R.
19. Review of a Concert by M. R. Kaikhosru Sorabji
20. Letter to Herbert Hughes M. R.
21. Moriz Rosenthal-Emil Sauer: and Modern Pianism Edward Prime-Stevenson
22. Schumann's Carnaval M. R.
23. Anton Rubinstein's Concert in Pressburg M. R.
24. My Memories of Johannes Brahms M. R.
25. Brahmsiana M. R.
26. Brahms and Johann Strauss II M. R.
27. Review of a Concert by M. R. G. C.
28. Letter to the Editor M. R.
29. Review of a Concert by M. R.
30. Aphorisms M. R.
31. On the Question of Applause M. R.
Appendix A. Rosenthal as Humorist
Appendix B. Annotated Concertography
Appendix C. Discography
Notes
Index

Moriz Rosenthal CD Track List
1. Frédéric Chopin, Nocturne in D flat, Op. 27. No. 2 5:01
rec. on May 22, 1936. mtx: 2EA 3641-5 HMV DB 2926
2. Frédéric Chopin, Sonata no. 3 in B minor, Op. 58, Allegro Maestoso 8:46
rec. on June 27, 1939. test pressing mtx. CS 040220/1
3. Frédéric Chopin, Sonata no. 3 in B minor, Op. 58, Scherzo 2:39
rec. on June 22, 1939. test pressing mtx. CS 040206
4. Frédéric Chopin, Sonata no. 3 in B minor, Op. 58, Largo 9:09
rec. on June 2 3, 1939. test pressing mtx. CS 040211 72
5. Frédéric Chopin, Sonata no. 3 in B minor, Op. 58, Finale* 5:09
rec. on June 26, 1939. test pressing mtx. CS 040215 16-2
6. Frédéric Chopin, Sonata no. 3 in B minor, Op. 58, Largo (truncated)* 5:33
broadcast by the BBC, I.ondon on March 23, 1935 (courtesy of the National Sound Archive)
7. Frédéric Chopin, Mazurka in C sharp minor, Op. 63 No. 3 1:59
rec. on March 3. 1931. mtx. 2-21783-2, Decca 25268
8. Frédéric Chopin, Etude in G flat, Op. 10 No. 5 1:43
rec. on March 3. 1931. mtx. 2-21783-2, Decca 25268
9. Frédéric Chopin, Etude in C, Op. 10 No. 1 2:08
rec. on March 3, 1931. mtx. 2-21784, Decca 25268
10. Frédéric Chopin, Mazurka m G, Op. 67 No. 1 1:25
rec. on March 3, 1931. mtx. 2-21783-2, Decca 25268
11. Chopin-Liszt: My Joys* 4:16
rec. on March 18, 1942. test pressing CS 97 3 45 2-2
12. Albeniz: Triana 4:12
rec. on May 29, 1929. mix. 2-21461, Decca 25875
13. Strauss-Rosenthal: Blue Danube Waltz 7:37
rec. on March 6, 1931. mtx. 2-2178586, Parlophone P 9562
14. Franz Schubert: Moment Musical No. 3 2:03
rec. on October 22, 1937. mtx. OEA 3645-2
15. Schubert-Liszt: Soirée de Vienne 5:10
rec. on May 25. 1936. mtx. OEA 36478, HMV DA 1510
16. Frédéric Chopin, Valse in C sharp minor, Op. 64 No. 2 3:53
rec. on May 22, 1936. mix. 2EA 2625-4, HMV DB 2772
17. Frédéric Chopin, Mazurka in B,Op. 63 No. 1 2:14
rec. on October 22, 1937. mtx. OEA 5505-2, HMV DA 1660

Total playing time: 73:06
* previously unpublished recording

Producer: Allan Evans; Restoration: Studio FS Roma; Our gratitude to Donald Hodgman, the late Philip Stern, Jonathan Summers, the National Sound Archive, Daniel Sbardella, Donald McCormick, and The Rodgers and Hammerstem Archives of Recorded Sound (New York Public
Library at Lincoln Center) for the kind use of their recordings.

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