French Pianism: A Historical Perspective

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Hal Leonard Corporation, 1999 - Music - 370 pages
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(Amadeus). The undisputed preeminence of Paris as a center of the piano world dates from the early 19th century, and the rigorous professors of the Paris Conservatoire transmitted the characteristic French piano style faithfully to each new generation for some 150 years. First published to critical acclaim in 1992, this landmark study, now considerably expanded and revised, surveys the historical development, performance practices and pedagogical philosophies of this vital school. HARDCOVER.
  

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Contents

The Nineteenth Century Early French Pianos
23
The Paris Conservatoire and French Musical Education
26
Composers Performers Teachers and Methods
34
Historic Recordings
52
Leading ArtistTeachers 19001940
73
Isidor Philipp
79
Marguerite Long
91
Alfred Cor tot
98
The Authors Recollections
174
Interviews
183
Gaby Casadesus
192
Pierre Sancan
197
JeanJoel Barbier
203
Germaine Mounicr
207
Grant Johannesen
213
Pierre Barbizet
218

LazareLevy
112
Major Figures Since World War II
119
Armand Ferte
123
Yves Nat
126
Marcel Ciampi
131
Jules Gentil
135
Yvonne Lefebure
139
Robert Casadesus
144
Jacques Fevrier
147
Vlado Perlemuter
152
Lucette Descaves
158
Lelia Gousseau
162
Yvonne Loriod
166
Dominique Merlet
169
JeanPhilippe Collard
223
Brigitte Engerer
229
JeanMarc Luisada
236
Helene Grimaud
241
Coda The French School Past and Present
251
Biographies of Interviewees
261
Piano Professors at the Paris Conservatoire 17951998
275
Selected Discography
278
Selected Methods Exercises and Etudes
319
Notes
325
Selected Bibliography
334
Photo Credits
353
Index
355
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Timbrell, professor of piano and coordinator of keyboard studies at Howard University, is an active pianist, writer, and music critic.

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