Busoni as Pianist by Grigory Kogan, Svetlana Belsky

By Grigory Kogan, Svetlana Belsky

Ferruccio Busoni is most generally identified this present day because the composer of such works because the moment Violin Sonata, the incidental tune 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 was once additionally popular in his day as an writer and pedagogue and, so much specifically, as a pianist. Busoni's recordings of items through Chopin and Liszt -- and of his personal preparations of keyboard works through Bach and Beethoven -- are a lot prized and studied this day by means of connoisseurs of piano enjoying. but even his most crucial biographers have solid just a cursory look on the pianistic point of Busoni's attention-grabbing profession. Grigory Kogan's booklet Busoni as Pianist (published in Russian in 1964, and the following translated for the 1st time) was once and continues to be the 1st and simply research to pay attention completely on Busoni's contributions to the realm of the piano. Busoni as Pianist summarizes stories of Busoni's enjoying and his personal writings at the topic. It additionally heavily analyzes the surviving piano roles and recordings, and examines Busoni's versions, preparations, and pedagogical output. As such, it is going to be of curiosity to pianists, academics and scholars of the piano, historians, and all who love piano track and the paintings of piano taking part in. Grigory Kogan (1901-1979) used to be 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 historical past and concept of pianism. via his fabulous lectures, his live performance performances, and his many books, articles, and stories, Kogan inspired a complete iteration of Soviet pianists. Svetlana Belsky is a instructor and performer, and is coordinator of Piano reviews on the collage of Chicago.

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Busoni as Pianist

Ferruccio Busoni is most generally identified this present day because the composer of such works because the moment Violin Sonata, the incidental tune 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, such a lot in particular, as a pianist.

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Precisely here, in this area, the artist’s mastery amazed the listener the most. Newspapers and journals of those years vie with one another in singing praises to his “thoroughly astonishing,” “almost magical” variety of “nuances of sound color,” admit that “one cannot get enough” of the “incredible richness,” “remarkable luxuriance and originality of the piano palette,” “the sumptuous rainbow of brilliant, ringing, sharp, or clouded, veiled sonorities,” with which the pianist positively “hypnotizes, bewitches” the audience.

Indd Sec2:11 12/3/2009 8:38:26 PM 12 busoni as pianist Life in Leipzig also had its bright side. There, Busoni found good friends—the Dutch violinist Henri Petri (1856–1914) and his family. Their closeness left its mark on the biography of the Italian artist. The head of the family—a concertmaster and leader of a then-popular quartet—became an ardent admirer and the first promoter of Busoni; the grateful composer dedicated two of his works to him—the second String Quartet Op. 26 and the Violin Concerto Op.

Their closeness left its mark on the biography of the Italian artist. The head of the family—a concertmaster and leader of a then-popular quartet—became an ardent admirer and the first promoter of Busoni; the grateful composer dedicated two of his works to him—the second String Quartet Op. 26 and the Violin Concerto Op. 35a. Henri’s wife—the pianist Kathy Petri—suggested to Busoni the happy idea of undertaking piano transcriptions of Bach’s organ works; the inspirer is the object of the dedication of the first transcription—of the D-Major Prelude and Fugue finished in 1888, and premiered by the transcriber for the Leipzig Bach Society.

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