From mozarts fabulous legato that flowed like oil to beethovens oceanlike surge, from clara schumanns touch sharp as a pencil sketch to rubinsteins volcanic and sensual playing, the great pianists brings to life the brilliant, stylish, and sometimes eccentric personalities, methods, and technical peculiarities of historys greatest pianists. Harold charles schonberg was an american music critic and journalist, most notably for the new york times. Open library is an initiative of the internet archive, a 501c3 nonprofit, building a digital library of internet sites and other cultural artifacts in digital form. Most newspaper critics are forgotten as soon as they retireunless they happen to write a book. He was the author of a number of books on musical subjects, and also one on chess. In 1971, he became the first music critic to win the pulitzer prize for criticism.
He was awarded the pulitzer prize for criticism in 1971, the first in. He served on the staff of the new york times for nearly thirty years and was senior music critic from 1960 until 1980. Pase del pulgar escalas y arpegios, legatos y stacatos. Schonberg, senior new york times music critic for twenty years, was the first in his field to be awarded the pulitzer prize for criticism 1971. See all formats and editions hide other formats and editions. Quite a charming little book, complete with schonbergs own particular diction. This book, by harold schonberg, is an endless description of the pianists who made the piano what it is today. Precio amazon nuevo desde usado desde tapa blanda, jun 1990 vuelva a intentarlo. Libro nuevo o segunda mano, sinopsis, resumen y opiniones. The third edition of the lives of the great composers by harold c.
He was the first music critic to win the pulitzer prize for criticism 1971. The most important lesson to be drawn from the life of harold schonberg is that he was great not because he was right. Few now recall such marks of schonbergs tenure as his quixotic advocacy of obscure 19th. Schonberg is a formidable book of more than 600 closely printed pages and in a font a trifle smaller than it should have been grouped in 41 chapters. The lives of the great composers edition 3 by harold c. Harold c schonberg was born and raised in new york city. He is the author of many articles and eight books, including one on chess. Its humurous, factual, entertaining and most of all informative to maximum level that we laymen can cope with.
While a bit outdated in the sense that the book no longer writes to the present, i loved how schonberg encompassed all known virtuosity since the very beginning of the instrument. The scope is simply staggering from claudio monteverdi in the beginning of the xvii century until the avantgarde. I will certainly read other schonberg books in between practicing my dim7 scales of course. Per ventanni fa parte dello staff direzionale del new york times e dal 1960 ne dirige il settore musicale. Harold charles schonberg november 29, 1915 july 26, 2003 was an american music critic and journalist, most notably for the new york times. This history of classical music offers fascinating accounts about the worlds most famous composers. Editions of the lives of the great composers by harold c. Schonberg, who served as chief music critic of the new york timesfrom 1960 to 1980 and was for many years one of the most powerful and controversial figures in the world of classical music.1299 907 1218 180 886 118 82 390 1322 1545 904 360 1528 1600 1480 318 1410 976 1070 1123 1491 950 187 75 683 13 475 682 132 966 734