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

View: 2063

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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Piano Notes

The World of the Pianist

Author: Charles Rosen

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1439135223

Category: Music

Page: 256

View: 8945

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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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 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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Shooting the pianist

the role of government in the arts

Author: Philip Parsons

Publisher: Currency Press

ISBN: N.A

Category: Art

Page: 152

View: 1100

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The Pianist

Author: R. Verde

Publisher: Lulu.com

ISBN: 0244995982

Category:

Page: N.A

View: 1945

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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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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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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

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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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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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

Second Edition, Multimedia Edition

Author: Boris Berman

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 0300221533

Category: Music

Page: 256

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A master class on piano performance and pedagogy from the world-renowned concert pianist In this newly revised edition of a comprehensive guide to piano technique, performance, and music interpretation, renowned performing musician, recording artist, and teacher Boris Berman addresses virtually every aspect of musical artistry and pedagogy. Ranging from such practical matters as sound, touch, and pedaling to the psychology of performing and teaching, this essential volume provides a master class for the performer, instructor, and student alike. It is also available as a multimedia e-Book.
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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

View: 2092

"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, 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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Complete Book of Modulations for the Pianist

Author: GAIL SMITH

Publisher: Mel Bay Publications

ISBN: 1609740335

Category: Music

Page: 64

View: 655

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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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

Publisher: Franklin Classics

ISBN: 9780342355273

Category:

Page: 110

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This work has been selected by scholars as being culturally important and is part of the knowledge base of civilization as we know it. This work is in the public domain in the United States of America, and possibly other nations. Within the United States, you may freely copy and distribute this work, as no entity (individual or corporate) has a copyright on the body of the work. Scholars believe, and we concur, that this work is important enough to be preserved, reproduced, and made generally available to the public. To ensure a quality reading experience, this work has been proofread and republished using a format that seamlessly blends the original graphical elements with text in an easy-to-read typeface. We appreciate your support of the preservation process, and thank you for being an important part of keeping this knowledge alive and relevant.
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The Pianist

Author: Manuel Vázquez Montalbán

Publisher: Quartet Books Limited

ISBN: N.A

Category: Pianists

Page: 281

View: 5013

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