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After the Golden Age: Romantic Pianism and Modern Performance

Kenneth Hamilton


This book dissects the oft-invoked myth of a romantic Golden Age of Pianism. It discusses the performance-style of great pianists from Liszt to Paderewski and Busoni, and delves into the far-from-inevitable development of the piano recital. The book recounts how classical concerts evolved from exuberant, sometimes riotous events into the formal, funereal trotting out of predictable pieces they can be today; how an often unhistorical “respect for the score” began to replace pianists' improvizations and adaptations; and how the clinical custom arose that an audience should be seen and not heard. ... More

Keywords: pianos, performance-practice, improvisation, audiences, applause, concert-etiquette, repertoire, Liszt, Paderewski, Busoni

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780195178265
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2008 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195178265.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kenneth Hamilton, author