In this Book

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Today's pianists are expected to play music of three centuries on a single instrument: Steinway's design from the late 1800s. Other types of pianos, such as Mozart's Walter or Chopin's Pleyel, are increasingly being copied or restored, but they are played almost exclusively by specialists in "Historical Performance." David Breitman has been introducing Oberlin Conservatory students to historical keyboards since 1991, and in this book he focuses on the music he cares about most deeply and the problems he has found most perplexing.

He begins by acknowledging the dilemma of confronting historical repertoire with modern instruments, then shows how to apply insights from period instruments to practical problems on any piano, including the relationship between melody and accompaniment and the use of the pedal. The central portion of the book discusses the pianos and piano music of Haydn and Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, and Chopin, as well as the special place of the clavichord in eighteenth-century keyboard culture. A wide range of musical examples demonstrates how composers were influenced by the instruments they knew, and how that understanding can help today's performers. The book concludes with a passionate plea for individual creativity and autonomy, authentic voices for our own time.

A suite of videos, including demonstrations of representative musical examples as well as of the moderator pedal and clavichord action, can be found here:https://vimeo.com/showcase/8046349

David Breitman is the director of the Historical Performance Program at Oberlin Conservatory.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Half-Title Page, Series Page, Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
  2. pp. i-vi
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. List of Illustrations
  2. pp. ix-xvi
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. xvii-xx
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xxi-xxii
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  1. 1. Music Making Then and Now
  2. pp. 1-7
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  1. 2. With Broad Strokes . . . (An Overview)
  2. pp. 8-23
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  1. 3. The Early Days of the Piano: Haydn and Mozart
  2. pp. 24-64
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  1. 4. Beethoven and the Evolving Piano
  2. pp. 65-116
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  1. 5. Schubert
  2. pp. 117-130
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  1. 6. Chopin
  2. pp. 131-157
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  1. 7. The Clavichord
  2. pp. 158-168
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  1. Epilogue. Creativity in the Performance of Old Music
  2. pp. 169-174
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  1. Appendix. Overtone Structure of the Steinway and Walter, Compared
  2. pp. 175-178
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  1. Glossary of Terms
  2. pp. 179-182
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 183-192
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 193-198
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  1. Index of Works
  2. pp. 199-200
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  1. General Index
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781800101944
Related ISBN
9781648250101
MARC Record
OCLC
1250082886
Pages
200
Launched on MUSE
2021-07-17
Open Access
No
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