The Pianist

Author: Wladyslaw Szpilman

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1780222688

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 224

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The bestselling memoir of a Jewish pianist who survived the war in Warsaw against all odds. 'We are drawn in to share his surprise and then disbelief at the horrifying progress of events, all conveyed with an understated intimacy and dailiness that render them painfully close... riveting' OBSERVER 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. 'The images drawn are unusually sharp and clear... but its moral tone is even more striking: Szpilman refuses to make a hero or a demon out of anyone' LITERARY REVIEW
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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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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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The Pianist's Bookshelf

A Practical Guide to Books, Videos, and Other Resources

Author: Maurice Hinson

Publisher: Indiana University Press

ISBN: 9780253211453

Category: Music

Page: 323

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"This useful volume should be on every pianist's bookshelf." —Piano & Keyboard "... a unique and valuable tool for teachers, students, performers... " —Library Journal ÂThe Pianist's Bookshelf comes to the rescue of pianists overwhelmed by the abundance of books, videos, and other works about the piano. In this clear, easy-to-use presentation, Maurice Hinson surveys hundreds of resource materials, providing clear, practical annotations for each item, thus saving the user hours of precious library time. In addition to the main listing of entries, the book has several topical indexes.
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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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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'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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Piano Notes

The World of the Pianist

Author: Charles Rosen

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1439135223

Category: Music

Page: 256

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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 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 enamored 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 the instrument 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?
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The Pianist's Craft

Mastering the Works of Great Composers

Author: Richard P. Anderson

Publisher: Scarecrow Press

ISBN: 0810882051

Category: Music

Page: 291

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In The Pianist's Craft, Richard Anderson collects from his fellow pianist-scholars 18 articles on the teaching, preparation, and performance of works by the greatest composers in the standard piano repertoire. The contributors—all recognized nationally and internationally for their contributions as performing artists, teachers, recording artists, and clinicians—write thoughtfully about the composers whose work they have studied and played for years, examining questions of phrasing, tempo, articulation, dynamics, rhythm, color, gesture, lyricism, instrumentation, and genre. The Pianist's Craft is intended for teachers and students of the intermediate and advanced levels of piano, instructors and performers at the university level, and those who love piano and piano music generally.
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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 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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Guide to the Pianist's Repertoire, Fourth Edition

Author: Maurice Hinson,Wesley Roberts

Publisher: Indiana University Press

ISBN: 0253010233

Category: Music

Page: 1216

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Guide to the Pianist’s Repertoire continues to be the go-to source for piano performers, teachers, and students. Newly updated and expanded with over 250 new composers, this incomparable resource expertly guides readers to solo piano literature. What did a given composer write? What interesting work have I never heard of? How difficult is it? What are its special musical features? How can I reach the publisher? It’s all here. Featuring information for more than 2,000 composers, the fourth edition includes enhanced indexes. The new "Hinson" will be an indispensable guide for many years to come.
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The Pianist

Author: R. Verde

Publisher: Lulu.com

ISBN: 0244995982

Category:

Page: N.A

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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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Shooting the pianist

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Author: Philip Parsons

Publisher: Currency Press

ISBN: N.A

Category: Art

Page: 152

View: 9382

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The Pianist's Guide to Transcriptions, Arrangements, and Paraphrases

Author: Maurice Hinson

Publisher: Indiana University Press

ISBN: 9780253214560

Category: Music

Page: 159

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Now in paperback! The Pianist's Guide to Transcrip-tions, Arrange-ments, and Paraphrases Maurice Hinson Lists transcriptions for piano from orchestral and other compositions, more than 2,000 works in all. "... a thorough summary of an important body of music written by a musician of extraordinary, perhaps unrivaled knowledge of the repertory." --American Music Teacher Some of the most celebrated composers--Beethoven, Brahms, Busoni, Liszt, Rachmaninoff, and Ravel--prepared piano transcriptions of some of their own works, as well as those of other composers. Maurice Hinson has selected, from the myriads of transcriptions now in existence, more than 2,000 such works of real musical worth. The Pianist's Guide to Transcriptions, Arrangements, and Paraphrases describes pieces for solo piano, duet, and two pianos, as well as outstanding transcriptions for one hand. Most of them are written for piano(s) alone, but a considerable number are scored for piano(s) and a small instrumental ensemble or a full orchestra. Thanks to the organization of this volume, the user can see at a glance the various transcriptions that have been made of a particular composition (say, a Schubert song) and also become aware of the breadth of a particular transcriber's output (as in the case of the prodigiously prolific Liszt). Maurice Hinson, Senior Professor Emeritus of Piano at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, was founding editor of the Journal of the American Liszt Society and is a contributor to the New Grove Dictionary of American Music. He is known for his many articles, videos, and lecture recitals, especially those on early American piano music. He is author of several books on piano literature, including the indispensable Guide to the Pianist's Repertoire, 3rd edition (Indiana University Press). March 2001 (cloth 1981) 192 pages, 6 1/8 x 9 1/4 paper 0-253-21456-4 $19.95 s
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