Busoni as Pianist by Grigory Kogan, Svetlana Belsky

By Grigory Kogan, Svetlana Belsky

Ferruccio Busoni is most generally recognized this day because the composer of such works because the moment Violin Sonata, the incidental song for Gozzi's Turandot, and the main enormous piano concerto within the repertory (some 80 mins lengthy, with male refrain within the finale). yet Busoni used to be additionally well known in his day as an writer and pedagogue and, so much specially, as a pianist. Busoni's recordings of items by way of Chopin and Liszt -- and of his personal preparations of keyboard works by means of Bach and Beethoven -- are a lot prized and studied at the present time through connoisseurs of piano taking part in. but even his most vital biographers have solid just a cursory look on the pianistic element of Busoni's interesting profession. Grigory Kogan's booklet Busoni as Pianist (published in Russian in 1964, and the following translated for the 1st time) used to be and continues to be the 1st and merely learn to pay attention solely on Busoni's contributions to the area of the piano. Busoni as Pianist summarizes reports of Busoni's taking part in and his personal writings at the topic. It additionally heavily analyzes the surviving piano roles and recordings, and examines Busoni's variants, preparations, and pedagogical output. As such, will probably be of curiosity to pianists, lecturers and scholars of the piano, historians, and all who love piano tune and the artwork of piano taking part in. Grigory Kogan (1901-1979) was once a number one Soviet pianist and song critic. A conservatory professor on the age of twenty-one, Kogan created the first-ever path in Russia facing the heritage and idea of pianism. via his awesome lectures, his live performance performances, and his many books, articles, and stories, Kogan encouraged a whole iteration of Soviet pianists. Svetlana Belsky is a instructor and performer, and is coordinator of Piano reports on the college of Chicago.

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After passing an extremely difficult examination, in 1881 he, too, became a member of the Bolognese Academy—the first one since Mozart to be awarded this honorable title at such an early age. The junior academician lingered in Bologna for some time and wrote the most extended of his works of those years—a gigantic, 300-page-long score of his cantata for chorus, soloists, and orchestra Il sabato del villaggio on the text of a Leopardi poem. Unpublished, as were many of Busoni’s early works, the cantata was performed in Bologna in 1883 under a well-known conductor, L.

Busoni’s lessons began at the “correct” time. ” The little pianist appeared under the dual name Weiss-Busoni—the father’s new idea, in the belief that the combination of two “big names” would create good publicity for the young prodigy. Around the same time, Busoni began to test himself in composition. In the summer of 1873 he wrote a few little piano pieces, which were soon followed by several other compositions for the piano, or for voice and piano. indd Sec2:8 12/3/2009 8:38:25 PM busoni as pianist 9 The successful Trieste debut opened the door to future performances by the young Ferruccio.

During the lifetime of Liszt, many preferred Thalberg. 6 A story of ancient Greece comes to mind. In an attempt to discover the foremost painter in the land, each city was asked to name its favorite. Each city came up with a different candidate—its own citizen, naturally. However, the second favorite was the same man in each city; and he was proclaimed the finest painter in Greece. Something of this nature also happened in the first decades of the present century. Each country had its darling, whom the largest part of the public placed above all pianists of its time; but the names varied from country to country, whereas the name of their greatest rival remained the same.

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