UNLIMITED BOOK ✓ Piano Notes: The World of the Pianist - by Charles Rosen #2020

  • Title: Piano Notes: The World of the Pianist
  • Author: Charles Rosen
  • ISBN: 9780743203821
  • Page: 154
  • Format: Hardcover

  • Piano Notes: The World of the Pianist By Charles Rosen Charles Rosen is one of the world s most talented pianists and one of music s most astute commentators Known as a performer of Bach, Beethoven, Stravinsky, and Elliott Carter, he has also written highly acclaimed criticism for sophisticated students and professionals In Piano Notes, he writes for a broader audience about an old friend the piano itself Drawing upCharles Rosen is one of the world s most talented pianists and one of music s most astute commentators Known as a performer of Bach, Beethoven, Stravinsky, and Elliott Carter, he has also written highly acclaimed criticism for sophisticated students and professionals In Piano Notes, he writes for a broader audience about an old friend the piano itself Drawing upon a lifetime of wisdom and the accumulated lore of many great performers of the past, Rosen shows why the instrument demands such a stark combination of mental and physical prowess Readers will gather many little known insights from how pianists vary their posture, to how splicings and microphone placements can ruin recordings, to how the history of composition was dominated by the piano for two centuries Stories of many great musicians abound Rosen reveals Nadia Boulanger s favorite way to avoid commenting on the performances of her friends You know what I think, spoken with utmost earnestness , why Glenn Gould s recordings suffer from double strike touches, and how even Vladimir Horowitz became enad of splicing multiple performances into a single recording Rosen s explanation of the piano s physical pleasures, demands, and discontents will delight and instruct anyone who has ever sat at a keyboard, as well as everyone who loves to listen to the instrument.In the end, he strikes a contemplative note Western music was built around the piano from the classical era until recently, and for a good part of that time the instrument was an essential acquisition for every middle class household Music making was part of the fabric of social life Yet those days have ended Fewer people learn theinstrument today The rise of recorded music has homogenized performance styles and greatly reduced the frequency of public concerts Music will undoubtedly survive, but will the supremely physical experience of playing the piano ever be the same
    Charles Rosen
    Classical pianist, polymath, author of books on musical styles and musicology.

    Piano Notes: The World of the Pianist By Charles Rosen


    The late Charles Rosen, who died in 2012 aged 85, is remembered as both pianist and writer, and Piano Notes is in large part a personal response to the art and pleasure of keyboard playing I found this a wonderful book, full of enthusiasm, experience, expertise, knowledge and humour, and it helps that this reviewer largely shares the writer s philosophy though, sadly, not the experience, expertise and knowledge The first couple of chapters are a little hard going, even for someone like me with a [...]

    Do many pianists really play the opening left hand note and chord of Beethoven s Hammerklavier Sonata with two hands, because the leap is so great Rosen says many do I have small hands, and I ve never really had a problem playing it with one hand Daniel Barenboim has tiny, fat hands, and he doesn t really have a problem Rosen s musings this book is based on a lecture given at the New York Public Library, and subsequently printed in the New York Review of Books were moderately interesting I did e [...]

    Rosen writes this book about playing the piano from a much personal perspective than he did The Classical Style He s less the musicologist here and the musician reflecting on his experiences and offering up his thoughts He discusses not just his own playing experiences, but also the piano s role in music history, place in culture, etc However, Rosen does focus on the professional experience concerts, recording, pedagogy , rather than the amateur or student experience I found his discussions of [...]

    A must read for any pianist and certainly worthwhile for any musician Rosen walks the fine line between insight and accessibility nearly perfectly The chapters are largely distinct from each other he ll talk about piano technique and performance practice then jump to the impact of recording technology and off to historical versus modern interpretations, repertoire, etc They don t really flow, but that s a marginal distraction in comparison to the remarkable ideas he lays out before the reader He [...]

    I liked music my entire life I got to love making music only a few years ago So I am very new to the realm of music theory and in general any elaborate thoughts about music I had never thought possible this level of sophistication in the musical world, I was a science guy and therefore ignorant about anything about music but hearing it This kind of book opens a whole new universe to me And I am sure, that I will come back many times to this book as my understanding of music and the piano in part [...]

    Some interesting parts for the lay person me , but definitely could have enjoyed if I knew about music or composers.

    Thomas Feng
    if you went out for drinks with Charles Rosen and recorded and transcribed everything that came out of his mouth, you would have this bookme of the anecdotes are of questionable legitimacy as some have noted before Stefan de Groote did not die in a plane crash, and Boulez didn t write the 2nd sonata at 20 , casting doubt on many of the others, no matter how delightful, that are littered throughout the book that aside they are usually of illustrative discursive purpose anyway and his arguments ar [...]

    Patrick Johns
    Very good Lots of fascinating anecdotes about pianists past I particularly liked the sections on performing and studio recording Also a great survey of how composers over the years have influenced piano technique Perhaps a little long winded in places I like the bit where he recalls having to quickly learn a Milton Babbitt 12 tone composition for a concert He spent 4 hours practising a 3 minute piece, then when he started to practise again the following day it was as if he has never seen the pie [...]

    I want to make it clear I didn t finish this book because it is way too sophisticated for my level of music knowledge The book seems well written as far as I could follow it He expressed some interesting concepts before starting to get just way over my head It would be like trying to learn calculus when one has just begun Algebra I Maybe someday I ll be knowledgable enough to follow what the author was saying It sounded quite interesting

    So far much better as far as piano books go than the Menahem Pressler Bio better written and relevant But spends a lot of time on interpretation and his philosophy including how he feels about conservatories and competitions some of which is not relevant unless you are an aspiring pianist Since I m an amateur, the best thing I get out of it is a sense of freedom in terms of interpretation, and a good list of repertory I should know.

    Seth McGaw
    Neither too conservative nor too flighty about the idea of musical interpretation, this would be the very first book I d recommend to someone just picking up the instrument Simply put, the best approach I ve seen in prose that deals with both the history of the piano and the physical act of pianism in itself Yummy stuff.

    Tom Richards
    Bought this on a whim from Britten s concert hall in Suffolk and was very pleasantly surprised A fascinating insight into the world of a concert pianist and a glimpse at some of the tricks of the trade Particularly good as a spur to action though, I found myself digging into my cd drawer to listen to the pieces he was talking about.

    I read this short book during a period of my life when I was enthralled by the rich history of piano music and played through several selections every single day Even though I dug Rosen s quips about his own experiences tickling the ivories, this work comes off as a collections of self indulgent anecdotes that are neither well researched nor very well written.

    An interesting book with much to offer Practice tips such as sight read all of the Schubert and Beethoven piano sonatas Tips on competitions and recording Esoteric, but a quick read packed with insight.

    I learned two things from this book 1 what the middle peddle does and 2 this author is conceited I ve only kinda heard of him, but i m not completely versed in American pianists, but still.This book did not grab me, and if I were you, I d skip it.

    An informative and at times witty book demonstrating the formidable intellect of Charles Rosen I confess it lost me at times and I also felt my lack of detailed knowledge as a piano teacher but it was well worth reading.

    My teacher recomended this book to me when I was preparing for an exam, and I found it incredibly helpful It got me really interested in the deeper aspects of piano playing, and I found the section about competitions particularly helpful A wonderful guide I go back to often.

    John Montgomery
    Very articulate and intelligent just a little dry A good read.

    Alex Boon
    Very interesting read There was plenty in here I hadn t even considered as a student pianist myself there s lots to learn in here.

    An interesting, semi autobiographical collection of musings on piano playing and the world of the pianist from Charles Rosen.

    An excellent expose of the world of music we don t know the recording, the instruments, the tuning and the tuners Very interesting.

    Erik Empson
    Interesting insight into the world of a concert pianist but dull overall Better off listening to it.

    Such a wealth of information for am amateur like me I enjoyed playing the excerpts from various piano scores Now I am gathering the complete scores and adding them to my repertoire.

    This is a great read for piano lovers There are many anecdotes particular to Rosen s experience, but I enjoyed it.

    Essential reading for piano lovers Heavy going in places though and the postlude was like a rich, stodgy pudding squeezed in at the end of a meal I could have done without it

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