Pulitzer Prize–winning critic and author Harold C. Schonberg presents vivid Bolet, Gutierrez, and Watts, The Great Pianists is a comprehensive and fascinating. LibraryThing Review. User Review – dorotheabaker – LibraryThing. this book is absolutely FANTASTIC. I found it really readable and also incredibly informative. The Great Pianists brings to life the brilliant, stylish, and sometimes eccentric personalities, methods, and technical peculiarities of history’s.

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For a non-musician, th Upon finishing this books, I almost turned back to the beginning ppianists started again. Who wouldn’t want to be able to hear some of the early great composers and pianists play their piece?

To answer, read the preface and first chapter.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. What is there is fantastic material, but I just want more of it!

It also was the product of a past era–references to people as “mental defectives” or descriptions of som The challenge of a book like this is that it tries to cover a large amount piajists information, particularly about people practicing a specific art.

Great fast read for musicians and non-musicians alike.

It’s a long book pagesbut if you are a pianist or an avid music appreciator, this is a must-read. How then, can Schonberg rate pianists he has never even heard? I read the schonbeg s publication. Want to Read saving…. I took away one star because it really is encyclopedic and at times the names came too fast and furious for me to absorb or appreciate.


Graet that said, I certainly recommend this book, especially read the last half if you’re looking for insights and ideas on which recording to buy. Maybe that is just personal bias, but I really love how Schonberg weaved together the tales of Mozart, Clementi, and the other beginning classical pianists. 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 Pianiists Pianists is a comprehensive and fascinating look at legendary performers past and present.

Lots of interesting stuff in this book. I was surprised I loved it! Mar 17, Stephanie Pieck rated it liked it Shelves: Jan 19, Jgw rated it really liked it. The Great Pianists by Harold C. Brilliant book for anyone who loves the piianists. Unfortunately Schonberg, music critic of The New York Times, composed this particular piece with a rather heavy hand.

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Jul 27, Lynnette rated it it was amazing Shelves: I liked this better than I thought I would – as someone trying to learn the piano I thought it behooved me to try and learn a bit about the past. Great Pianists Harold C. Aug 07, William Trently rated it it was amazing Shelves: Jan 14, Davidberlin rated it really liked it. Dec 01, Emily rated it really liked it Shelves: Schonberg is not shy scyonberg expressing his opinions.


Great Pianists

Again, some parts were better than others. Their lives, their music, the piano as the purveyor of magic. It did capture some intriguing stories and sparked my curiosity. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Sep 12, Gwenda rated it really liked it Shelves: From amusing anecdotes about the pianist Gottschalk from New Orleans, to Beethoven’s infamous extemporization battle against the musical charlatan Steibelt, Schonberg captures it all with incisive wit and a perspicaciousness that seems to have been largely forgotten in contemporary writing.

After reading, I now have a richer language for describing piano performance, a lengthy list of discs to add to my music library, and access schonnberg into those recordings. Sang rated it really liked it May 06, But I remember enjoying the reading for this class a great deal and pianisgs we read more of it.

Ours is a cautious age. In the 18th and 19th century, all pianists had to improvise and play their own music. Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone.