After the Golden Age: Romantic Pianism and Modern by Kenneth Hamilton

By Kenneth Hamilton

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 by means of a pianist who believes that scholarship and clarity can pass hand-in-hand. Hamilton discusses in meticulous but energetic 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 concert events advanced from exuberant, occasionally riotous occasions into the formal, funereal trotting out of predictable items they are often this day, how a frequently unhistorical "respect for the rating" started to substitute pianists' improvisations and diversifications, and the way the scientific customized arose that an viewers can be visible and never heard.

Pianists will locate foodstuff for idea the following on their repertoire and the traditions of its functionality. Hamilton chronicles why pianists of the previous didn't consistently start a bit with the 1st be aware of the rating, nor finish with the final. He emphasizes that nervousness over fallacious notes is a comparatively fresh psychosis, and enjoying fullyyt from reminiscence a comparatively fresh requirement.

Audiences will stumble upon a shiny account of ways vastly assorted are the recitals they attend in comparison to live shows of the earlier, and the way their very own function has reduced from noisily energetic members within the live performance adventure to passive recipients of creative benediction from the level. they'll become aware of while 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 types. Many facets of the fashionable method are unhistorical-some laudable, a few in simple terms ludicrous. also they are some distance faraway from these fondly, if deceptively, remembered as constituting a Golden Age.

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