At the Piano: Interviews with 21st-Century Pianists by Caroline Benser

By Caroline Benser

<span><span><span>In </span><span style="font-style:italic;">At the Piano: Interviews with 21st-Century Pianists</span><span>, Caroline Benser explores the kaleidoscopic international of 21st-century pianism via a chain of prolonged interviews with 8 significant pianists: Leif Ove Andsnes, Jonathan Biss, Simone Dinnerstein, Marc-André Hamelin, Stephen Hough, Steven Osborne, Yevgeny Sudbin, and Yuja Wang.

The pianists represented listed here are not just a virtuosos on their device, well known for his or her renditions of vintage works through Bach, Beethoven, Liszt, Debussy, and Bartók, also they are devoted to advancing pianism, commissioning and appearing works by means of residing composers in addition to revisiting and re-exploring musical percentages missed by means of their predecessors. Interviewees speak with Benser approximately such concerns as their first reports on the piano, the severe position performed via their earliest academics, the literature they play, the tools they like, the that means of musicianship to them, and the fun and problems of a pro occupation doing what they love.

Teachers, scholars, and beginner pianists alike will know about new and lesser-known piano literature; newly built tools that experience prolonged the variety of the keyboard; the exceptional upward thrust of pianists in such nations as China; and new examine on pianists' accidents and fit enjoying. </span><span style="font-style:italic;">At the Piano</span><span> is written not just for the expert and non-specialist pianist but additionally for all musicians and common song lovers.</span></span></span>

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FanFriggin’Tastic! –Rick 34 What you see me wearing here cost a mere £25!! You have to realize when we started this tour, we had nothing!! Forty pounds a week I think we were on . . 99; overall look, priceless!!! –Joe 35 36 I know none of us are in this shot, but it’s still an important picture. This is our first-ever headline show in a stadium, at Jack Murphy Stadium, San Diego, California, in 1983. It was the last show of the American tour, which started just a few months earlier with us supporting Billy Squier.

Phil 52 Rick onstage. Notice the microphone that we later took away from him because he was only pretending to sing (he can actually sing really well when he wants to). –Phil 53 (above) Me and Steve at the “Foolin’” video shoot. –Phil 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 Shooting the video for “Rock of Ages” at the Battersea Power Station in London (as seen on the front album cover of Pink Floyd’s Animals). Coincidentally, on my birthday. We shot the “Photograph” vid at the same place a week before on Sav’s birthday.

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