Liszt and Virtuosity
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446 Pages

22.8 x 15.2 cm

100 line. Illustrations

Series: Eastman Studies in Music

Imprint: University of Rochester Press

Liszt and Virtuosity

Edited by Robert Doran

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A new and wide-ranging collection of essays by leading international scholars, exploring the concept and practices of virtuosity in Franz Liszt and his contemporaries.
In the annals of music history, few figures have dominated the discussion of virtuosity as much as Franz Liszt. A flamboyant performer whose hair-raising technical feats at the piano created a sense of awe-inspiring excitement andan icon whose star power radiated far beyond the realm of music, Liszt was, along with his early model, Paganini, among the first major performer-composers to define himself principally by virtuosity.

Featuring new essays by an international group of preeminent scholars, Liszt and Virtuosity offers a reevaluation of the concept and practices of virtuosity as shaped and defined in Liszt's multifaceted oeuvre, as well as a reconsiderationof Liszt's relation to other major and lesser-known musical figures, including Czerny, Schubert, Chopin, Brahms, Debussy, and Marie Jaëll.

Set in the context of larger trends within the fields of music history, musicanalysis, intellectual history, and performance studies, these capacious explorations demonstrate that Liszt's uniqueness and significance resided in his ability to transform virtuosity into a revolutionary musical force, pushingthe piano aesthetic to the limits of sound and poetic meaning.
Introduction: Virtuosity and Liszt - Robert Doran
Part One: Liszt, Virtuosity, and Performance
Après une lecture de Czerny?: Liszt's Creative Virtuosity - Kenneth Hamilton
Transforming Virtuosity: Liszt and Nineteenth-Century Pianos - Olivia Sham
Spirit and Mechanism: Liszt's Early Piano Technique and Teaching - Nicolas Dufetel
Paths through the Lisztian Ossia - Jonathan Kregor
Brahms "versus" Liszt: The Internalization of Virtuosity - David Keep
Part Two: Lisztian Virtuosity: Theoretical Approaches
The Practice of Pianism: Virtuosity and Oral History - Jim Samson
Liszt's Symbiosis: The Question of Virtuosity and the Concerto Arrangement of Schubert's Wanderer Fantasy - Jonathan Dunsby
From the Brilliant Style to the Bravura Style: Reconceptualizing Lisztian Virtuosity - Robert Doran
Part Three: Virtuosity and Anti-Virtuosity in "Late Liszt"
Harmony, Gesture, and Virtuosity in Liszt's Revisions: Shaping the Affective Journeys of the Cypress Pieces from Années de pèlerinage III - Dolores Pesce
Anti-Virtuosity and Musical Experimentalism: Liszt, Marie Jaëll, Debussy, and Others - Ralph P. Locke
Virtuosity in Liszt's Late Piano Works - Shay Loya

ROBERT DORAN is Professor of French and Comparative Literature at the University of Rochester and an Affiliate Faculty member in the Music Theory Departmentat the Eastman School of Music.

"This splendid volume dispels any lingering prejudices against nineteenth-century piano virtuosity and especially against Franz Liszt--often suspected of practicing a musical dark art. By casting new light on Liszt's singular virtuosity in essays on his instruments, technique, and teaching through to his revolutionary compositional aesthetic, the internationally distinguished authorship aspires to a level of understanding no less transformational than the work of the spectacular figure at center stage." John Rink, Professor of Musical Performance Studies, University of Cambridge

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Title Details

446 Pages

2.28 x 1.52 cm

100 line. Illustrations

Series: Eastman Studies in Music

Imprint: University of Rochester Press