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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I liked the parts it talks about liszt.

It wasn’t obvious for this reader. Brilliant book for anyone who loves the piano. Jan 19, Jgw rated it really liked it.

While a bit “outdated” in the sense that scyonberg book no longer writes to the “present,” I loved how Schonberg encompassed all known virtuosity since the very beginning of the instrument.

It’s some kind of historical book about the piano and the pianists. Sometimes there was a translation, and I think maybe it was supposed to be obvious what was being said. Oct 07, Widyanto Gunadi rated it it was amazing.

He gives you Bach as a start not the father, but one of the harpld, C. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. It did capture some intriguing stories and sparked my curiosity. Have referred to it often. My sister gave me this because I am a pianist. This is a career enhancing book. Even if I end up disagreeing with him about the best recorded example of a Chopin nocturne, I’ll definitely be hunting for the recording he mentions as his pick to see if I schohberg hear what he heard.

After all, he was a great critic writing for the New York Times, and not just on piano. A WONDERFUL read for the serious pianist or piano teacher, it had me laughing and running off to read quotes to my family about the eccentricities and recommendations of people like Liszt, Moscheles, and lots of people whose names I won’t attempt to spell.


We can only wish to have his critical insight and ear to help us listen to our current great pianists. I gobbled up this book with a gusto. But I remember enjoying the reading for this class a great deal and wishing we read more of it. Feb 04, Joseph Bourque rated it it was amazing. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. And how close together everything is! May 13, Lydia Holt rated it it was amazing Shelves: Again, some parts were better than others.

I only read the first 4 chapters, but I will get it again from the library when I need to study up on some other composers, but it was very interesting! Upon finishing this books, I almost turned back to the beginning and started again. Great addition to any musical library. Pulitzer Prize—winning critic and author Harold C.

It Should Flow Like Oil. I picked up the Fireside Book edition for a ‘song’ and from time to time refer back to it when listening to a piece by a composer pianist, or just watching the incredible technique I see on You Tube virtuoso. Actually, I own this book because it was a textbook from college.

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Return to Book Page. Schonberg haold to run through a plethora of pianists without exhausting words like “elegant” or “restrained”. Great overview – has helped me identify individual pianists! Sign up here to receive your FREE alerts. If you are passionate about piano, this book is a must-read for you.

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Lots of interesting stuff in this book. With that said, I certainly recommend this book, especially read the last half if you’re looking for insights and ideas on which recording to buy. Paperbackpages. I felt the constant movement and morphing as one era blurred into the other, something new always occurring in music.


This is a fascinating book on all accounts. From amusing anecdotes about the pianist Gottschalk from New Orleans, to Beethoven’s infamous extemporization battle against the musical charlatan Steibelt, Schonberg captures it all with incisive wit and a perspicaciousness that seems to have been largely forgotten in contemporary writing.

The Great Pianists

Jul 27, Lynnette rated it it was amazing Shelves: American Popular Music and Its Business: What I zchonberg get harod of this book is how connected the musical eras are together. Who were some of the great performers and teachers whose work caused revolutions in their day, but those names are now all but forgotten?

Schonberg makes each pianist seem unique in a way that honored, to whatever degree was warranted, schonbwrg contribution each made to the world of piano performance. The challenge of a book like this is that it tries to cover a large amount of information, particularly about people practicing a specific art.

After reading, I now have a richer language for describing piano performance, a lengthy list of discs to add to my music library, and access points into those recordings. That is difficult to sustain for pages and over 50 significant profiles and he should be commended. Gfeat 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.

To answer, read the preface and first chapter.