Alfred brendel on music his collected essays

As he said in his appreciation of the pianist Edwin Fischer, with this book you begin to feel as though you are getting to the heart of the music. He even has more words about words which strike a resonant chord: Containing over poems, Playing the Human Game features many previously unpublished works, and is beautifully illustrated with artworks that have inspired Brendel and his poetry.

It would be worse than molesworth 2 playing fairy bells.

Music, Sense and Nonsense by Alfred Brendel review – a great pianist’s thoughts on his art

It would be worse than molesworth 2 playing fairy bells. Each section may appeal to a different readership. And he opens up lines and modes of appreciation that would have otherwise remained closed. Playing the Human Game is his first and most comprehensive collection of poems in English appearing alongside their original German versions.

Alfred Brendel on Music: He has a keen appreciation of the virtues of musical anecdote when he wants to make a point. Liszt's transcriptions and paraphrases ; Fidelity to Liszt's letter.

Whether discussing Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Liszt, Schoenberg, or other pianists, his reflections will prove invaluable to serious piano players and listeners alike. And while the missing Debussy and Ravel hardly surprises from such a committed Germanophile, the lone recording of a work by Chopin speaks volumes.

Among two he lists are "there are no bad pianos, only bad pianists" and "there are no bad orchestras, only bad conductors" whoever made that last quip had never heard my own school's second orchestra, which I had the honour of leading.

Very obviously, he knows what he is writing about. Erudite, witty, enlightening and deeply personal, A Pianist's A to Z is the ideal book for all piano lovers, musicians and music aficionados: It's hard, though, particularly if you don't have the technical vocabulary, just the enthusiasm.

He has played relatively few 20th century works but has performed Arnold Schoenberg's Piano Concerto. And so, in celebration of his Eighty-Fifth Birthday, Decca has released an exquisite, scholarly, must-have boxed set of his complete — or damn near — recordings made on what was once called the Philips Label.

He then toured throughout Europe and Latin America, slowly building his career and participating in a few masterclasses of Paul BaumgartnerEduard Steuermann and Edwin Fischer. However, he never had more formal piano lessons and, although he attended master classes with Edwin Fischer and Eduard Steuermannhe was largely self-taught after the age of sixteen.

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However, he never had more formal piano lessons and, although he attended master classes with Edwin Fischer and Eduard Steuermannhe was largely self-taught after the age of sixteen.

Schonberg noted that some critics and specialists accused the pianist of "pedanticism". This is because these very essays were instrumental - if you will forgive the term - in bringing about a change of mind.

To make one thing clear, though: One wonders why this pianist, so committed to the Romantics, is less interested in more than just a quick dip into the solo keyboard works of Brahms like the epic variations on Handel and Paganini, let alone the four sonatas.

Containing over poems, Playing the Human Game features many previously unpublished works, and is beautifully illustrated with artworks that have inspired Brendel and his poetry.

Ever since Alfred Brendel bid farewell to the concert stage after six decades of performing, he has been passing on his insight and experience in the form of lectures, readings and master-classes.

He studied with Edwin Fischerwho had studied with a pupil of Liszt. Notes on a complete recording of Beethoven's piano works ; Werktreue: InBrendel married Irene Semler, and the couple have three children; a son, Adrian, who is a cellistand two daughters, Katharina and Sophie.

Gabriele Annan, Books of the Year, Spectator Everything he writes demonstrates the acuteness of his intelligence as well as the depth of his sensibility.

For if you love it, you have to talk about it. For if you love it, you have to talk about it. This is because these very essays were instrumental - if you will forgive the term - in bringing about a change of mind.

There is a lot of musical notation reproduced here, and a lot of stuff along the lines of "I note with regret that in bar 73 of A major II [Schubert] softened the staggering G major chord by turning it into a G sharp appoggiatura". And, except when he is being technical, he is totally accessible.

Which is why this book is so valuable. Alfred Brendel has given, and continues to give, lectures, poetry readings and masterclasses at the festivals of Salzburg and Verbier, the Vienna Musikverein and Konzerthaus, Wigmore Hall in London, and at the universities and concert halls of major German and European cities.

Playing the Human Game is his first and most comprehensive collection of poems in English appearing alongside their original German versions. If you have anything more than a passing interest in piano music, Brendel's essays are very rewarding.

Alfred Brendel on music : collected essays.

These essays, which span five decades, sometimes seem as though they are fighting battles that are long since over. He wants to communicate. Music, Sense and Nonsense by Alfred Brendel review – a great pianist’s thoughts on his art From memories of recording in ice-cold mansions to a moving essay on his fading hearing, this is an.

Alfred Brendel is known for his recordings, international concert appearances, and writings. He has been credited with almost single-handedly rescuing from oblivion the piano music /5(2). The definitive collection of Alfred Brendel's writings combines his two classic books, Musical thoughts and Afterthoughts and Music Sounded Out and also includes new, previously unpublished essays.

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Will be shipped from US. Used books may not include companion materials, may have some shelf wear, may contain highlighting/notes/5(2). Alfred Brendel on music: collected essays. [Alfred Brendel] -- Noted pianist Alfred brendel brings the clarity and originality of expression that characterize his performance to the printed page.

Some of the essays arose from questions for which the available. Whether discussing Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Liszt, Schoenberg, or other pianists, his reflections will prove invaluable to serious piano players and listeners alike.

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