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Busoni and the Piano

The Works, the Writings, and the Recordings (Second Edition) (Distinguished Reprints)

By Larry Sitsky (Edited by)

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Format: Paperback, 432 pages, 2nd Revised edition Edition
Published In: United States, 01 December 2002
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Musicologists, pianists, composers and music-lovers in general will welcome the re-issue and second edition of Larry Sitsky's Busoni and the Piano, which has been out of print for a number of years. The second edition, which brings various aspects of the book up-to-date, will thus once again be available. Since the book was written in the late 1970s, Busoni has re-emerged as an important figure in early 20th-century music, and moreover, one who seems to be exerting an ever-widening influence on current thought and pianism. Larry Sitsky has spent a lifetime performing, teaching, editing and studying Busoni's music. He has recently completed an ending to Busoni's great opera Dr.Faust, which will be heralded in the great opera houses of Europe; as well, he is currently working on another book on Busoni's instrumental, vocal and operatic music, and must be considered a world authority on this fascinating figure.

About the Author

Larry Sitsky has spent a lifetime performing, teaching, editing and studying Busoni's music. He has recently completed an ending to Busoni's great opera Dr. Faust, which will be heralded in the great opera houses of Europe; as well, he is currently working on another book on Busoni's instrumental, vocal and operatic music, and must be considered a world authority on this fascinating figure.

Reviews

This volume is decidedly a labor of love. The author (an Australian musicologist) was evidently originally influenced by his first piano teacher, Winifred Burston, herself a pupil of Busoni. The work is not merely a catalog of all the piano compositions (solo, four hands, two pianos, piano and orchestra, arrangements, transcriptions, hybrid works, unpublished works) as the title might imply, but a vast descriptive, critical, and sometimes analytical essay. The splendid, many-faceted treatment was almost necessary if the author were to fulfill his aim, to ``throw some light on Busoni's thought processes as a composer and performer and to interest pianists in performing Busoni.'' He thus treats many areas of the composer's work, such as his theory of notation, his compositional growth, etc. Essential for academic music collections. J. Richard Belanger, Susquehanna Univ. Lib., Selinsgrove, Pa.

EAN: 9781576471586
ISBN: 1576471586
Publisher: Pendragon Press
Dimensions: 22 x 14 x 2 centimeters (0.63 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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