New PDF release: After the Golden Age: Romantic Pianism and Modern

By Kenneth Hamilton

ISBN-10: 0195178262

ISBN-13: 9780195178265

ISBN-10: 143561786X

ISBN-13: 9781435617865

Kenneth Hamilton's e-book engagingly and lucidly dissects the oft-invoked delusion of a very good culture, or Golden Age of Pianism. it really is written either for avid gamers and for contributors in their audiences through a pianist who believes that scholarship and clarity can cross hand-in-hand. Hamilton discusses in meticulous but vigorous aspect the performance-style of significant pianists from Liszt to Paderewski, and delves into the far-from-inevitable improvement of the piano recital. He entertainingly recounts how classical live shows developed from exuberant, occasionally riotous occasions into the formal, funereal trotting out of predictable items they are often this present day, how a regularly unhistorical "respect for the rating" started to change pianists' improvisations and variations, and the way the medical customized arose that an viewers may be noticeable and never heard. Pianists will locate foodstuff for suggestion right here on their repertoire and the traditions of its functionality. Hamilton chronicles why pianists of the earlier didn't regularly commence a bit with the 1st be aware of the ranking, nor finish with the final. He emphasizes that nervousness over incorrect notes is a comparatively fresh psychosis, and enjoying fullyyt from reminiscence a comparatively fresh requirement. Audiences will stumble upon a bright account of the way tremendously assorted are the recitals they attend in comparison to live shows of the earlier, and the way their very own function has decreased from noisily lively individuals within the live performance adventure to passive recipients of creative benediction from the level. they're going to become aware of whilst cowed listeners finally stopped applauding among routine, and why they stopped speaking loudly in the course of them. The book's extensive message publicizes that there's not anything divinely ordained approximately our personal concert-practices, programming and piano-performance kinds. Many elements of the fashionable technique are unhistorical-some laudable, a few purely ludicrous. also they are a ways faraway from these fondly, if deceptively, remembered as constituting a Golden Age.

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It is only in recent decades that performance 53 Indeed, one reprint of the Liszt edition was prompted by the appearance of the fugue in Rubinstein’s programs. : Pendragon Press, 1995), 62. 55 Lina Ramann, Lisztiana, ed. Arthur Seidl (Mainz: Schott, 1983), 292. 24 AFTER THE GOLDEN AGE from this era has been regarded as a useful subject for such studies even by musicologists, who are usually keen to discover hitherto unnoticed problems that urgently await publishable solutions. The alleged existence of a ‘‘continuous performance tradition’’—a less flashy version of the Great Tradition—implies that we all really know how to play romantic, and even classical music in roughly the way its composers envisaged it.

66 Rosenblum. 28 AFTER THE GOLDEN AGE Chopin-Liszt ‘‘Meine Freuden’’ with that of his pupil Charles Rosen is enough to show that whatever a continuous teaching tradition does, it does not necessarily cause performers to play in a stylistically similar way. Evolution is on display over the entire history of recording, affecting the performance styles of all instruments, with particularly drastic changes in the middle years of the twentieth century. 67 Not only do recordings allow us (admittedly with severe limitations) to actually hear something of how the early players sounded, they also allow us to interpret writings on performance and performance style from the immediate pre-recording era more accurately.

28 AFTER THE GOLDEN AGE Chopin-Liszt ‘‘Meine Freuden’’ with that of his pupil Charles Rosen is enough to show that whatever a continuous teaching tradition does, it does not necessarily cause performers to play in a stylistically similar way. Evolution is on display over the entire history of recording, affecting the performance styles of all instruments, with particularly drastic changes in the middle years of the twentieth century. 67 Not only do recordings allow us (admittedly with severe limitations) to actually hear something of how the early players sounded, they also allow us to interpret writings on performance and performance style from the immediate pre-recording era more accurately.

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