By Stuart Isacoff
With honed sensitivity and unquestioned services, Stuart Isacoff—pianist, critic, instructor, and writer of Temperament: How song turned a Battleground for the good Minds of Western Civilization—unfolds the continued historical past and evolution of the piano and all its myriad wonders: how its very sound presents the root for emotional expression and person variety, and why it has so powerfully entertained new release upon iteration of listeners. He illuminates the groundbreaking track of Mozart, Beethoven, Liszt, Schumann, and Debussy. He analyzes the breathtaking ideas of Glenn Gould, Oscar Peterson, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Arthur Rubinstein, and Van Cliburn, and he provides musicians together with Alfred Brendel, Murray Perahia, Menahem Pressler, and Vladimir Horowitz the chance to debate their techniques. Isacoff delineates how classical tune and jazz motivated one another because the uniquely American paintings shape stepped forward from ragtime, novelty, stride, boogie, bebop, and past, via Scott Joplin, fat Waller, Duke Ellington, invoice Evans, Thelonious Monk, Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, Cecil Taylor, and invoice Charlap.
A ordinary heritage of the Piano distills a life of study and keenness into one really good narrative. We witness Mozart unveiling his enormous concertos in Vienna’s coffeehouses, utilizing a unique piano with one keyboard for the palms and one other for the toes; ecu virtuoso Henri Herz pleasing rowdy miners throughout the California gold rush; Beethoven at his piano, conjuring therapeutic angels to console a grieving mom who had misplaced her baby; Liszt fainting within the fingers of a web page turner to spark a whole corridor into hysterics. here's the tool in all its complexity and wonder. We study of the great craftsmanship of a latest Steinway, the peculiarity of distinctiveness pianos outfitted for the Victorian family, the ongoing innovation in keyboards together with digital ones. And such a lot of all, we pay attention the song of the masters, from centuries in the past and in our personal age, brilliantly evoked and as extraordinary as its most modern performance.
With this wide-ranging quantity, Isacoff provides us vital for track fans, pianists, and the armchair musician.
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A Natural History of the Piano: The Instrument, the Music, the Musicians--from Mozart to Modern Jazz and Everything in Between by Stuart Isacoff