The Pianist

The Extraordinary True Story of One Man's Survival in Warsaw, 1939-1945

Author: Wladyslaw Szpilman

Publisher: Picador

ISBN: 1466837624

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 240

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Named one of the Best Books of 1999 by the Los Angeles Times, The Pianist is now a major motion picture directed by Roman Polanski and starring Adrien Brody (Son of Sam). The Pianist won the Cannes Film Festival's most prestigious prize—the Palme d'Or. On September 23, 1939, Wladyslaw Szpilman played Chopin's Nocturne in C-sharp minor live on the radio as shells exploded outside—so loudly that he couldn't hear his piano. It was the last live music broadcast from Warsaw: That day, a German bomb hit the station, and Polish Radio went off the air. Though he lost his entire family, Szpilman survived in hiding. In the end, his life was saved by a German officer who heard him play the same Chopin Nocturne on a piano found among the rubble. Written immediately after the war and suppressed for decades, The Pianist is a stunning testament to human endurance and the redemptive power of fellow feeling.
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The Pianist

Author: R. Verde

Publisher: Lulu.com

ISBN: 0244995982

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Page: N.A

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Beethoven the Pianist

Author: Tilman Skowroneck

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521119596

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 274

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This book offers an insight into Beethoven's career, showing in well-documented detail the rise and decline of his powers as a performer.
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Notes from the Pianist's Bench

Author: Boris Berman

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 9780300093988

Category: Music

Page: 240

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"Boris Berman, an internationally known Russian-trained concert pianist and highly respected teacher, here draws on his vast experience to explore issues of piano technique and music interpretation. Combining explanations and advice with anecdotes about his students, colleagues, and former teachers, he also provides many insights into the psychological aspects of musical performance and the teaching of music. Berman thoroughly examines such practical matters in piano playing as sound and touch, technique, pedaling, and articulation. He gives tips on choosing editions, selecting the best fingering, memorizing, and making the most efficient use of practice time. He gives equal emphasis to issues of interpretation, discussing ways to decipher the inner content of a piece of music. And he offers suggestions about how to prepare emotionally for a performance, how to confront stage anxiety, and how to adapt teaching approaches to the individual students. Informative and entertaining, this book will be welcomed by piano students, teachers, and anyone else interested in the art of piano playing."--Résumé de l'éditeur.
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The Pianist

The Extraordinary Story of One Man's Survival in Warsaw, 1939-45

Author: Władysław Szpilman,Wilm Hosenfeld

Publisher: Orion Media

ISBN: 9780752864297

Category: Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)

Page: 222

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This is a powerful and poignant memoir of a young Jewish pianist who survived the war in Warsaw against all odds, alongside moving extracts from the diary of the German officer who saved his life. 'You can learn more about human nature from this brief account of the survival of one man throughout the war years in the devastated city of Warsaw than from several volumes of the average encyclopaedia' Independent on Sunday THE AUTHOR Wladyslaw Szpilman was born in 1911. He studied the piano at the Warsaw Conservatory and at the Academy of Arts in Berlin. From 1945 to 1963 he was Director of Music at Polish Radio, and for many years he also pursued a career as a concert pianist and composer. He lived in Warsaw until his death in 2000.
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The Pianist

Author: Manuel Vázquez Montalbán

Publisher: Quartet Books Limited

ISBN: N.A

Category: Pianists

Page: 281

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Complete Book of Modulations for the Pianist

Author: GAIL SMITH

Publisher: Mel Bay Publications

ISBN: 1609740335

Category: Music

Page: 64

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The Complete Book of Modulations for the Pianist is a valuable aid for those wishing to create continuity between pieces in different keys. Its one-measure progressions lead smoothly from one key to another. A brief introductory section presents modulations to and from the key of C major. the four main sections that follow cover: Every Major Key to Each Major Key, Every Key to Each Minor Key, Every Minor Key to Each Minor Key, and Every Minor Key to Each Major Key. Each section is arranged in accordance with the circle of fifths. the modulations presented in this book vary in style and may be adapted for use in many situations. This is a unique book which is a must for any keyboard accompanist's library.
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Piano Notes

The Hidden World of the Pianist

Author: Charles Rosen

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0141979860

Category: Music

Page: 256

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In this eloquent, intimate exploration of the delights and demands of the piano, world-renowned concert pianist and music writer Charles Rosen draws on a lifetime's wisdom to consider every aspect of the instrument: from what makes a beautiful sound to suffering from stage fright, from the physical challenges of playing to tales of great musicians, including Vladimir Horowitz's recording tricks, Rachmaninov's hands and why Artur Rubenstein applied hairspray to the keys. Gracefully blending anecdote, history, expertise and memoir, Piano Notes will enchant anyone with a passion for music.
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Complete Book of Exercises for the Pianist

Author: GAIL SMITH

Publisher: Mel Bay Publications

ISBN: 1609741277

Category: Music

Page: 200

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This benchmark text includes hundreds of exercises by great composers including Hanon, Czerny, Brahms, Chopin, Wieck, Phillip, and many others. Gail Smith has composed the ultimate palindrome finger exercise containing all the 120 known patterns for your five fingers! Give your fingers the best workout ever. Pieces range from easy to very difficult.
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The Pianist in the Dark: A Novel

Author: Michéle Halberstadt

Publisher: Pegasus Books

ISBN: 1605987646

Category: Fiction

Page: 208

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A stirring novel of love and music inspired by the life of pianist Maria-Theresa von Paradis, a blind virtuoso and contemporary of Mozart. Maria-Theresa von Paradis, the only daughter of the secretary of the empress of Austria, was an exceptionally gifted child. By the age of seventeen, she was a full-fledged virtuoso, playing for the royal family, acclaimed for her beauty and talent . . . and because she was blind. Her father, unable to accept her condition despite her soaring musical gifts, enlists the help of Franz Anton Mesmer, the forerunner of the modern practice of hypnotism, where Maria-Theresa discovers the passions and emotions from which her blindness had previously protected her. In the tradition of Sleeping with Schubert and The Cellist of Sarajevo, the novel is moving portrait of courage, loss, the elation of first love—and the pain of lost innocence.
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The Hand of the Pianist

A Systematic Method for the Attainment of a Sure, Brilliant Piano-technic in the Modern Style According to the Principles of Professor Th. Leschetitzky

Author: Marie Unschuld von Melasfeld,Theodor Leschetizky

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Piano

Page: 88

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Letters to the Pianist

Author: S. D. Mayes

Publisher: Bhc Press/Gelan

ISBN: 9781946848666

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Page: 412

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In war torn London, 1941, fourteen-year-old Ruth Goldberg and her two younger siblings, Gabi and Hannah, survive the terrifying bombing of their family home. They believe their parents are dead - but unbeknownst to them, their father, Joe, survives and is taken to hospital with amnesia. Four years on, Ruth, stumbles across a newspaper photo of a celebrated pianist and is struck by the resemblance to her father. Desperate for evidence she sends him a letter, and as the pianist's dormant memories emerge, his past unravels, revealing his true identity - as her beloved father, Joe. But their reconciliation is short lived when he stops contact and disappears. Ruth sets out to track him down, visiting the parents of his beautiful new wife for clues, only to find herself plunged into an aristocratic world of sinister dark secrets where she must use stealth to stay alive.
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The Pianist by Wladyslaw Szpilman (Book Analysis)

Detailed Summary, Analysis and Reading Guide

Author: Bright Summaries,

Publisher: BrightSummaries.com

ISBN: 2806280966

Category: Education

Page: 24

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Unlock the more straightforward side of The Pianist with this concise and insightful summary and analysis! This engaging summary presents an analysis of The Pianist by Władysław Szpilman, which details his tragic experiences a Jewish pianist in Warsaw during World War II, from the beginning of Poland’s Nazi occupation, through the difficult years of the Warsaw Ghetto and deportations, to his incredible survival outside. Heart-breaking, gut-wrenching and fascinating, Szpilman’s memoir has been adapted into a multi-award-winning film and translated into over 30 languages, bringing the late composer and performer global recognition. Find out everything you need to know about The Pianist in a fraction of the time! This in-depth and informative reading guide brings you:• A complete plot summary• Character studies • Key themes and symbols • Questions for further reflection Why choose BrightSummaries.com?Available in print and digital format, our publications are designed to accompany you in your reading journey. The clear and concise style makes for easy understanding, providing the perfect opportunity to improve your literary knowledge in no time. See the very best of literature in a whole new light with BrightSummaries.com!
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Mozart and the Pianist

A Guide for Performers and Teachers to Mozart's Major Works for Solo Piano

Author: Michael Davidson

Publisher: Kahn & Averill Pub

ISBN: N.A

Category: Music

Page: 363

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Mozart and the Pianist examines the challenges and delights of Mozart's solo piano works. All the sonatas, fantasies, rondi, as well as the most important variation sets and assorted pieces are included.
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Essential Technique for the Pianist

Author: Paul Pollei

Publisher: Alfred Music Publishing

ISBN: N.A

Category: Music

Page: 80

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This edition is based on the premise that superior musicianship, control of piano technique and pianistic ability result from carefully cultivated aural, visual, kinesthetic and linguistic skills in music. Comprising two levels, Level 1 contains exercises using five-finger patterns and triads in all keys. Level 2 expands five-finger patterns to eight-note scales, adding an octave to the triad to form four-note chords. Seventh chords are also covered. It is designed to be used in conjunction with Hanon's, The Virtuoso Pianist in 60 Exercises, Complete (Alfred item # 616 or 616C).
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Guide to the Pianist's Repertoire, third edition

Author: Maurice Hinson

Publisher: Indiana University Press

ISBN: 9780253109088

Category: Music

Page: 976

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"The Hinson" has been indispensable for performers, teachers, and students. Now updated and expanded, it's better than ever, with 120 more composers, expertly guiding pianists to solo literature and answering the vital questions: What's available? How difficult is it? What are its special features? How does one reach the publisher? The "new Hinson" includes solo compositions of nearly 2,000 composers, with biographical sketches of major composers. Every entry offers description, publisher, number of pages, performance time, style and characteristics, and level of difficulty. Extensively revised, this new edition is destined to become a trusted guide for years to come.
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Shooting the pianist

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Author: Philip Parsons

Publisher: Currency Press

ISBN: N.A

Category: Art

Page: 152

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The Pianist's Dictionary

Author: Maurice Hinson

Publisher: Indiana University Press

ISBN: 9780253216823

Category: Music

Page: 221

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This invaluable compact reference guide is the perfect gift for any piano teacher, student, and performer.
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The Pianist's Craft 2

Mastering the Works of More Great Composers

Author: Richard P. Anderson

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 1442232668

Category: Music

Page: 292

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In The Pianist’s Craft 2, pianist and scholar Anderson gathers together a new collection of essays by renowned performing artists and teachers and discusses the preparation, pedagogy, and performance of selected works by an entirely different set of composers whose works are standard in the piano literature.
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