Alfred brendel on music his collected essays

Brendel is, he can scarcely deny, a man who breakfasted with Isaiah Berlin and credits Ernst Gombrich as his bibliographical advisor on sources of laughter. Brendel exhibits a more delicate turn of wit, demolishing in a memorably wry paragraph the New Grove entry on piano playing - a review so devastating that the article was replaced at the first reprint.

Rachmaninoff, it is said, did not even know that piano sonatas by Schubert existed. This is a packaged tour of the mind of a working musician who spends many of his waking hours asking, why?

There is a lot of musical notation reproduced here, and a lot of stuff along the lines of "I note with regret that in bar 73 of A major II [Schubert] softened the staggering G major chord by turning it into a G sharp appoggiatura".

A musician singular in temperament and personality, Busoni was the supreme concert pianist of his generation as well as a composer whose wizardry will always attract a dedicated minority of listeners.

A Mozart player gives himself advice ; Minor Mozart: But some shared pursuits aside, what attracts me to Brendel the pianist is Brendel the overall plasmatic package: There is a lot of musical notation reproduced here, and a lot of stuff along the lines of "I note with regret that in bar 73 of A major II [Schubert] softened the staggering G major chord by turning it into a G sharp appoggiatura".

But you mustn't let this put you off.

Alfred Brendel on Music: His Collected Essays

The A major Sonata, D. For if you love it, you have to talk about it. This is because these very essays were instrumental - if you will forgive the term - in bringing about a change of mind. As a young man he composed and painted. And yet Brendel, now eighty-five, earns this un fortunate moniker by dint of the vast corpus of his work: Alfred Brendel has given, and continues to give, lectures, poetry readings and masterclasses at the festivals of Salzburg and Verbier, the Vienna Musikverein and Konzerthaus, Wigmore Hall in London, and at the universities and concert halls of major German and European cities.

To make one thing clear, though: Performing Liszt, he was no swashbuckling Don Juan; nor did he seek to become one. He went on to make a string of other records, including three complete sets of the Beethoven piano sonatas one on Vox Records and two on Philips Records. Containing over poems, Playing the Human Game features many previously unpublished works, and is beautifully illustrated with artworks that have inspired Brendel and his poetry.

A volume of collected essays, Alfred Brendel on Music, came out in January to mark his 70th birthday. There is a sense of the end of a line. Then there are a dozen or more chapters on performance, teachers, pianos and recording.

He then lit out on his own, intellectually. It was so bad we should really all have been taken out and shot, to prevent us from committing further crimes against music. And while the missing Debussy and Ravel hardly surprises from such a committed Germanophile, the lone recording of a work by Chopin speaks volumes.Music, Sense and Nonsense: Collected Essays and Lectures [Alfred Brendel] on envservprod.com *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers.

The mix of thoughtfulness and brilliance that irradiates [Brendel's] performances infuses these spirited essays. —Susan Sontag Alfred Brendel/5(6). Oct 02,  · Alfred Brendel, whose collected essays and conversations in “Music, Sense and Nonsense” total more than pages, is a prominent retired pianist (he departed the stage in ) who enjoys continued prominence as a writer.

Alfred Brendel KBE (born 5 January ) is an Austrian pianist, poet and author, known particularly for his performances of Mozart, Schubert, Schoenberg, and especially Beethoven.

Buy Alfred Brendel on Music: His Collected Essays by Alfred Brendel (ISBN: ) from Amazon's Book Store. Everyday low prices and free delivery on /5. Music, Sense and Nonsense by Alfred Brendel review – a great pianist’s thoughts on his art From memories of recording in ice-cold mansions to a moving essay on his fading hearing, this is an.

Alfred Brendel

Alfred Brendel is known for his recordings, international concert appearances, and writings. He has been credited with almost single-handedly rescuing from oblivion the piano music .

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