By Kenneth Hamilton
Pianists will locate meals for suggestion the following on their repertoire and the traditions of its functionality. Hamilton chronicles why pianists of the previous didn't consistently start a section with the 1st observe of the ranking, nor finish with the final. He emphasizes that anxiousness over unsuitable notes is a comparatively contemporary psychosis, and enjoying fullyyt from reminiscence a comparatively fresh requirement.
Audiences will come upon a bright account of the way significantly diversified are the recitals they attend in comparison to concert events of the prior, and the way their very own position has reduced from noisily energetic members within the live performance adventure to passive recipients of inventive benediction from the degree. they'll become aware of while cowed listeners finally stopped applauding among activities, and why they stopped conversing loudly in the course of them.
The book's wide message pronounces that there's not anything divinely ordained approximately our personal concert-practices, programming and piano-performance kinds. Many features of the trendy method are unhistorical-some laudable, a few purely ludicrous. also they are a ways faraway from these fondly, if deceptively, remembered as constituting a Golden Age.