Pulitzer Prize–winning critic and author Harold C. Schonberg presents vivid Bolet, Gutierrez, and Watts, The Great Pianists is a comprehensive and fascinating. LibraryThing Review. User Review – dorotheabaker – LibraryThing. this book is absolutely FANTASTIC. I found it really readable and also incredibly informative. The Great Pianists brings to life the brilliant, stylish, and sometimes eccentric personalities, methods, and technical peculiarities of history’s.

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Feb 09, Jeff Wombold rated it it was ok.

Great Pianists

Great addition to any musical library. Really enjoyed how Schonberg brought to life the stories, and quirks of the greatest pianists of the past few hundred years. Feb 25, Barbara rated it really liked it Recommends it for: It’s full of interesting anecdotes which I’m sure I’ll never forget, as well as heaps of background on I found it really readable and also incredibly informative.

What will stick with me from The Great Pianists is not just a better understanding of the pianists themselves, but a better understanding of the acts of piano performance and interpretation. If you have an interest in piano, either because you play it I don’t or just love to listen to it I dothen this book is for you.


I do believe this is one of the most important books that a piano student can read, especially one still in his formative-of-technique years.

And how close together everything is! To answer, read the preface and first chapter. And so I come back to revisit this book – I am so glad I did!

Mar 17, Stephanie Pieck rated it liked it Shelves: Another indispensable work by Schonberg. Feb 04, Joseph Bourque rated it it was amazing.

So few generations from then until now! StringSnapper Hands on High.

The Great Pianists

Schonberg is right about one thing, though: Jan 19, Jgw rated it really liked it. Gone are the days when an author would pour romantic adjectives and descriptions all over various pianists on one page, only to follow it on the next with scathing remarks about another. If nothing else, you will be impressed with his thought and work behind his ‘criticism’. After all, he was a great critic writing for the New York Times, and not just on piano.

If you are passionate about piano, this book is a must-read for you.

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Suddenly it no longer seems as though Mozart performed so long ago; it seems as though the Romantic Era began yesterday. It’s a long book pagesbut if you are a pianist or an avid music appreciator, this is a must-read. Nov 27, Genni rated it it was amazing Shelves: How did the salon technique of piano playing compares to that of the harpichord? Trivia About The Great Pianists. oianists


The Great Pianists by Harold C. Schonberg

Sep 12, Gwenda rated it really liked it Shelves: Account Options Sign in. Nov 01, Jenny rated it liked it Shelves: This is a life altering schlnberg. Pulitzer Prize—winning critic and author Harold C. It did capture some intriguing stories and sparked my curiosity. Maybe that is just personal bias, but I really love Note: Schonberg makes each pianist seem unique hzrold a way that honored, to whatever degree was warranted, the contribution each made to the world of piano performance. He is the author of many articles and eight books, including one on chess.

This book was interesting and valuable, but it often broke down into lists of names and one- or two-sentence blurbs.

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