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NATURAL HISTORY OF THE PIANO

STUART ISACOFF    Book Number: 82152    Product format: Paperback

From Mozart to Lang Lang the piano has attracted virtuoso players, performers with superb technique and expressive skills who carry the audience along with their own enthusiasm. And the list is not confined to classical music: jazz hellraisers like Jerry Lee Lewis and Art Tatum were equally influential. This fascinating book, praised by the piano maestro Alfred Brendel himself, intersperses the classical and the popular in a knowledgeable and superbly informative survey of the piano's history, the development of technique and the musical genres it can encompass. The St Petersburg conservatory whose graduates included Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninov was founded by Anton Rubinstein, the "shaggy maestro" who took New York by storm with his passionate tremolos. Chopin's lyrical brilliance changed the way the piano was played, and "Liszt's musical tricks made many of the breathtaking piano feats of Art Tatum possible". When Tatum first arrived in New York he was victorious in a piano contest against Fats Waller with his improvisation on "Tea for Two", and although classical virtuosos Rachmaninov, Horowitz and Shostakovich all tried variations on the melody, nothing could match Tatum's brilliance. Claude Debussy abandoned traditional harmonies to create a system of "tonality", inspired by the avant-garde in the other arts, for instance Degas and Baudelaire. Today China leads the way with virtuosos like Lang Lang and Jin Ju. 361pp, paperback, biographies, photos.
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ISBN 9780285642379
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