Busoni as Pianist

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University Rochester Press, 2010 - Biography & Autobiography - 172 pages
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Ferruccio Busoni is most widely known today as the composer of such works as the Second Violin Sonata, the incidental music for Gozzi's Turandot, and the most monumental piano concerto in the repertory (some eighty minutes long, with male chorus in the finale). But Busoni was also renowned in his day as an author and pedagogue and, most especially, as a pianist. Busoni's recordings of pieces by Chopin and Liszt -- and of his own arrangements of keyboard works by Bach and Beethoven -- are much prized and studied today by connoisseurs of piano playing. Yet even his most important biographers have cast only a cursory glance at the pianistic aspect of Busoni's fascinating career. Grigory Kogan's book Busoni as Pianist (published in Russian in 1964, and here translated for the first time) was and remains the first and only study to concentrate exclusively on Busoni's contributions to the world of the piano. Busoni as Pianist summarizes reviews of Busoni's playing and his own writings on the subject. It also closely analyzes the surviving piano roles and recordings, and examines Busoni's editions, arrangements, and pedagogical output. As such, it will be of interest to pianists, teachers and students of the piano, historians, and all who love piano music and the art of piano playing. Grigory Kogan (1901-1979) was a leading Soviet pianist and music critic. A conservatory professor at the age of twenty-one, Kogan created the first-ever course in Russia dealing with the history and theory of pianism. Through his brilliant lectures, his concert performances, and his many books, articles, and reviews, Kogan influenced an entire generation of Soviet pianists. Svetlana Belsky is a teacher and performer, and is coordinator of Piano Studies at the University of Chicago.
 

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Contents

Introduction
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Busonis childhood and youth 186688
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Finland and Moscow 188994
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Busonis emergence as a great pianist
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Piano orchestration tone production
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An antiRomantic approach
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Busonis interpretation of Beethoven Liszt and Chopin
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Busonis interpretations Textural liberties
33
Fingering pedal
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Compositions transcriptions editions teaching writings
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Busonis esthetics
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Busonis esthetics continued
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World War I Operas
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Busonis final years 191824
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Conclusion
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Annotated Discography
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Busonis interpretations of Bach Articulation
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Rhythm and dynamics
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Busonis recording of the Liszts Rigoletto Paraphrase
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Technical phrasing
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Technical variants
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