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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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Sign up here to receive your FREE alerts. It was like reading a textbook, but I learned a lot! Upon schonverg this books, I almost turned back to the beginning and started again.

Jan 18, Catherine rated it really liked it. 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. Feb 19, Lauren rated it really harols it Shelves: Media reporter, reviewer, producer, guest booker, blogger.

The hxrold book I’d like to read again. I’m looking forward to developing my ear first by trying to hear what Schonberg heard, and second to see if I agree with his assessment.

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Particularly, the older time periods really captured my interest. 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! More Salonists and the Revolutionary in Octaves. My one quibble with this book is that there were occasional quote in other languages; generally a translation wasn’t provided.


While a bit “outdated” in the sense that the book no longer writes to the “present,” I loved how Schonberg encompassed all known virtuosity since the very beginning of the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.

May 09, Spencer Law rated it it was amazing. Suddenly it no longer seems as though Mozart performed so long ago; it seems as though the Romantic Era began yesterday. Sang rated it really liked it May 06, 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 Great Pianists is a comprehensive and fascinating look at legendary performers past and present.

He also traces schools of thought and approaches to keyboard playing. In the 18th and 19th century, all pianists had to improvise and play their own music.

The Great Pianists by Harold C. Schonberg

Very good, fascinating book. I enjoyed the consequential history that emerged of how piano performance and interpretation styles shifted over the centuries, and of the varying ways people in different decades “received” or “conceived of” composers and their best works.


There was a problem adding your email address. It’s some ahrold of historical book about the piano and the pianists. Jan 15, Iris rated it it was amazing. But I remember enjoying the reading for this class a great deal and wishing we read more of it. Published June 15th by Simon Schuster first published If you are passionate about piano, this book is a must-read for you.

To ask other readers questions about The Great Pianistsplease sign up. The stories are delightful and tragic and all things in between. Jul 05, Mona rated it it was amazing Shelves: American Popular Music and Its Business: Lists with This Book. He was the author of a number of books on musical subjects, and also one on chess. I read the original s publication.


Schonberg Snippet view freat The great pianists Harold C. Each week, our editors select the one author and one book they believe to be most worthy of your attention and highlight them in our Pro Connect email alert. Schonberg is right about one thing, though: