A Pianist's A-Z: A piano lover's reader

By Alfred Brendel

'This booklet distils what, at my complex age, i think in a position to say approximately tune, musicians, and issues of my pianistic profession.'

Ever due to the fact Alfred Brendel bid farewell to the live performance degree after six a long time of appearing, he has been passing on his perception and adventure within the kind of lectures, readings and master-classes. This reader for fanatics of the piano distils his musical and linguistic eloquence and big wisdom, and may end up priceless to somebody with an curiosity within the method, heritage and repertoire of the piano.

Erudite, witty, enlightening and deeply own, A Pianist's A to Z is the appropriate e-book for all piano enthusiasts, musicians and track aficionados: not often has the device been defined in such an enjoyable and clever fashion.

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The genius of precision and practicality used to be Bartók. it truly is supremely vital that during Beethoven and Schubert – and in other places – pp and p will be in actual fact exclusive: as volumes of sound at the very least of their diversified personality. Schubert’s pp espressivo inhabits a much wider lyrical zone than Beethoven’s pp misterioso (more infrequently: pp dolce), to exploit Rudolf Kolisch’s known differences. additionally, the adaptation among f and ff must always be essentially discernible. An acute understanding of dynamic terraces and occasions will allow an method of track that interprets it, because it have been, into geography and makes us understand a bit like a panorama, with mountains and valleys, citadels and ravines – now not forgetting the feeling of distances, of close to and much. within the adaptations of Beethoven’s Op. 111 the psychological picture will expand to the subterranean and stratospheric. * METRONOME i don't belong to the league of musicians who unquestioningly settle for the metronome markings of serious composers. The pace minim = 138 for the 1st flow of the ‘Hammerklavier’ Sonata is precipitate (Beethoven wrote to his writer: ‘the assai has to go’), whereas quaver = ninety two for the Adagio is unquestionably too fluent. Schumann’s ‘Träumerei’ at crotchet = a hundred has no likelihood to dream, and a few of Schoenberg’s metronome symptoms in his Piano Concerto are easily unplayable. the main good markings of any composer i do know are Bartók’s – but in his recording of his Suite Op. 14, he performs 3 of the 4 pursuits considerably speedier than indicated. What David Satz, Rudolf Kolisch’s assistant, wrote à propos Kolisch’s essay ‘Tempo and personality in Beethoven’s track’ turns out to me crucial: ‘For Kolisch as for the other severe musician, pace used to be just one element of functionality; no part of functionality was once to be overlooked on the fee of one other. ’ simply in spite of everything components of functionality were taken under consideration can the pace be made up our minds. * MOVED, AND relocating C. P. E. Bach acknowledged that purely the musician who's himself moved can circulation others. against this, Diderot and Busoni claimed that actors or musical performers who got down to flow others must never themselves be moved, so as to not lose keep watch over. allow us to you need to be moved and regulated right away. * MOZART Grand grasp of opera, the piano concerto, the live performance aria and the string quintet. His piano sonatas appear to me, with few exceptions, underrated. Artur Schnabel has wonderfully summed up why: they have been too effortless for kids and too tricky for artists. For the main half, the sounds they recommend are these of a wind divertimento; others, just like the well-known a tremendous Sonata K331 and the C minor Sonata K457, are tremendously orchestral. So, too, is the C minor fable K475. Orchestral models of the 2 latter works emerged quickly after Mozart’s demise. Mozart’s particularly infrequent works in minor keys are fairly priceless: the A minor Rondo K511 and the B minor Adagio K540 are soliloquies of the main own type. Stupendous of their chromatic boldness are the Minuet K355/576b and the Gigue K574.

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