The Writings and Letters of Konrad Wolff
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The Writings and Letters of Konrad Wolff

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[Wolff] is a remarkable pianist, an excellent theoretician, a learned teacher, a brilliant thinker and writer." -Artur SchnabelThis collection of [Wolff's] writings and letters should bear ample testimony to a musician who happily combined the artist, the teacher, the musicologist, and the charm and integrity of a human being." -Alfred BrendelKonrad Wolff writes about music with the verve and enthusiasm of a great teacher who has never lost his sense of music as an adventure. To read him is to enter into a lively dialogue with a superior musical mind and a buoyant spirit." -Richard GoodeThis collection provides elegant and thorough portraits of an important 20th-century performer and lover of music, as well as of his greatest influences.show more

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  • Paperback | 312 pages
  • 156 x 234 x 22mm | 480.82g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 15 b&w illus., 7 music exx.
  • 0253218802
  • 9780253218803

About Ruth Gillen

Ruth Gillen is a pianist who studied with the duo-pianists Vronsky and Babin, as well as with Konrad Wolff.show more

Table of contents

Contents (as printed in first-edition book from Greenwood Press)Prologue, Leon FleisherForeword, Russell ShermanPrefaceAcknowledgementsBiographical SketchPart I: ComposersFrescobaldi (1583-1643)Bach (1685-1750) His Last Work Spirit, Style, and FormsBach-Reger Brandenburg Concertos for Piano DuetMozart (1756-1791) Quintet in D Major, K. 593Beethoven (1770-1827) Several Perspectives Mostly Beethoven On Beethoven's Trills Bagatelles, Op. 119 The Ninth Symphony, Op. 125Schubert (1797-1828) Schubert's Reaction to Beethoven Schubert's "L'istesso Tempo" Schubert's String Quintet in C: A Misplaced Repeat Sign?Schumann (1810-1856) On Titles and Verbal Descriptions in MusicLiszt (1811-1886) Beethovenian Dissonances in Liszt's Piano Works Liszt's Approach to Piano TechniqueStravinsky A Modern FaustPart II: LettersFrom: Paul Badura-Skoda; Review of Interpretation on the Piano - What We can Learn from Schnabel Alfred Brendel Paul Henry Lang Rudof SerkinTo: Leon Fleisher Artur SchnabelTo and From: A Colleague Sviatoslav RichterPart III: MiscellanyChristmas MusicMusic AppreciationAuthenticityThe Beginnings of Cyclic Form Bach's Dedication to King FrederickAugust HalmObservations On Teaching On Music an MusiciansA Lesson in WritingJohann Christian Bach (1735-1782): Siciliano in F-Sharp MinorPart IV: The Brendel-Wolff "Debate"The "Debate"Addendum by Alfred BrendelNotesSelected BibliographyIndexA photographic essay followsshow more

Review quote

"[Wolff] is a remarkable pianist, an excellent theoretician, a learned teacher, a brilliant thinker and writer." Artur Schnabel "This collection of [Wolff's] writings and letters should bear ample testimony to a musician who happily combined the artist, the teacher, the musicologist, and the charm and integrity of a human being." Alfred Brendel "Konrad Wolff writes about music with the verve and enthusiasm of a great teacher who has never lost his sense of music as an adventure. To read him is to enter into a lively dialogue with a superior musical mind and a buoyant spirit." Richard Goodeshow more