The Great Pianists

[PDF] The Great Pianists | by ✓ Harold C. Schonberg - The Great Pianists, The Great Pianists From Mozart s fabulous legato that flowed like oil to Beethoven s oceanlike surge from Clara Schumann s touch sharp as a pencil sketch to Rubinstein s volcanic and sensual playing The Great Pianists [PDF] The Great Pianists | by ✓ Harold C. Schonberg - The Great Pianists, The Great Pianists From Mozart s fabulous legato that flowed like oil to Beethoven s oceanlike surge from Clara Schumann s touch sharp as a pencil sketch to Rubinstein s volcanic and sensual playing The Great Pianists

  • Title: The Great Pianists
  • Author: Harold C. Schonberg
  • ISBN: 9780671638375
  • Page: 256
  • Format: Paperback
The Great Pianists

[PDF] The Great Pianists | by ✓ Harold C. Schonberg, The Great Pianists, Harold C. Schonberg, The Great Pianists From Mozart s fabulous legato that flowed like oil to Beethoven s oceanlike surge from Clara Schumann s touch sharp as a pencil sketch to Rubinstein s volcanic and sensual playing The Great Pianists brings to life the brilliant stylish and sometimes eccentric personalities methods and technical peculiarities of history s greatest pianists Pulitzer Prize winningFrom Mozart [PDF] The Great Pianists | by ✓ Harold C. Schonberg - The Great Pianists, The Great Pianists From Mozart s fabulous legato that flowed like oil to Beethoven s oceanlike surge from Clara Schumann s touch sharp as a pencil sketch to Rubinstein s volcanic and sensual playing The Great Pianists

  • [PDF] The Great Pianists | by ✓ Harold C. Schonberg
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The Great Pianists

About “Harold C. Schonberg

  • Harold C. Schonberg

    Harold Charles Schonberg was an American music critic and journalist, most notably for The New York Times He was the first music critic to win the Pulitzer Prize for Criticism 1971 He was the author of a number of books on musical subjects, and also one on chess.



581 thoughts on “The Great Pianists

  • Note I read the original 1960s publication.Quite a charming little book, complete with Schonberg s own particular diction While a bit outdated in the sense that the book no longer writes to the present, I loved how Schonberg encompassed all known virtuosity since the very beginning of the instrument.Some sections I considered much charming and interesting than others Particularly, the older time periods really captured my interest Maybe that is just personal bias, but I really love how Schonber [...]


  • This was a great book probably not something most people would want to read for pleasure Actually, I own this book because it was a textbook from college But I remember enjoying the reading for this class a great deal and wishing we read of it And so I come back to revisit this book I am so glad I did It s a long book 528 pages , but if you are a pianist or an avid music appreciator, this is a must read Sadly, the author has passed away, or I d be calling for a new edition What is there is fant [...]


  • A fantastic overview of some of the most talented musicians, pianists, and composers of the post Bach, post harpsichord era I m not normally drawn to encyclopedic books like this I prefer doing a deep dive , but I enjoyed this book immensely The stories are delightful and tragic and all things in between Schonberg makes each pianist seem unique in a way that honored, to whatever degree was warranted, the contribution each made to the world of piano performance That is difficult to sustain for 50 [...]


  • 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 I expected to be bored silly, but was pleasantly surprised at how the great pianists, and their styles of interpretation, and how they were influenced by their generation, etc, were brought to life A great starting point for someone who wants an overview of pianist history up til the late 50 s early 60 s.


  • I do believe this is one of the most important books that a piano student can read, especially one still in his formative of technique years At least it is a very good resource for teachers, as the book does not cover so much the biographies of the great pianists but focuses on their style, technique, and how their inception into the concerting world This is one I definitely plan on rereading, and I only wish that the present really was modern and not referring to its publication in 1963.


  • This book was both entertaining and educational A WONDERFUL read for the serious pianist or piano teacher, it had me laughing and running off to read quotes to my family about the eccentricities and recommendations of people like Liszt, Moscheles, and lots of people whose names I won t attempt to spell The only problem is that it was convicting me so badly that I kept having to stop reading to go practice my technique very thoroughly Hah.


  • I bought this book at a thrift store for twenty five cents and could not have imagined at the time that it would transform into a solid piece of gold that I could not put down This is a great book that I thoroughly enjoyed reading from beginning to end, every page presenting amusing and interesting anecdotes


  • What a fun and informative read about the history of piano playing from Mozart s time to the mid 1980s the present mentioned in the book s subtitle Schonberg writes in a humorous and easy to read manner, describing changes in piano construction, technique and interpretation over the centuries, as well as treating the reader to juicy gossip about the many pianists he discusses.


  • Schonberg was one of the eminent music critics of his day I gobbled up this book with a gusto 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.


  • Really enjoyed how Schonberg brought to life the stories, and quirks of the greatest pianists of the past few hundred years I especially liked some of the chapter titles that encapsulate the essence of the characters Tubercular, Romantic, Poetic essp, Chopin Or Thunder, Lightning, Mesmerism, Sex at would be Liszt Great addition to any musical library.




  • From The NY Times critic, who took kept detailed comments in the scores of pieces heard at concerts he reviewed comes a splashing history of pianists


  • If you have an interest in piano, either because you play it I don t or just love to listen to it I do , then this book is for you I picked up the Fireside Book edition for a song and from time to time refer back to it when listening to a piece by a composer pianist, or just watching the incredible technique I see on You Tube virtuoso Who wouldn t want to be able to hear some of the early great composers and pianists play their piece How then, can Schonberg rate pianists he has never even heard [...]


  • Bach, Mozart, Clementi, Beethoven,Czerny, Hummel, Chopin, Lizst, Gottschalk,Clara Schuman, Anton Rubenstein,Paderewski, Busoni,Rachmaninoff, Schnabel, HowowitzTheir lives, their music, the piano as the purveyor of magic.In the 18th and 19th century, all pianists had to improvise and play their own music.Today none do except jazz folks.Brilliant book for anyone who loves the piano.


  • This was great Schonberg manages to run through a plethora of pianists without exhausting words like elegant or restrained He offers scant biographical details, focusing on the personalities, idiosyncrasies, and unique touches or technique that each one brought to the piano He also traces schools of thought and approaches to keyboard playing Very nice overview.


  • It s some kind of historical book about the piano and the pianists their lives and it s a timeline about what happened to the instrument of piano within these years.I liked the parts it talks about liszt.


  • I only read the first 4 chapters, but I will get it again from the library when I need to study up on some other composers, but it was very interesting I was surprised I loved it


  • My sister gave me this because I am a pianist Slow read because it is mostly history but has some interesting information



  • This is one book I ve been using for reference and I ve learnt learning so much from it A great and insightful book every pianist should have.



  • Absolutely wonderful book Great fast read for musicians and non musicians alike I only wish he could ve been around and written this 30 years later





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