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Dreams of Love: Playing the Romantic Pianist

ISBN : 9780199892679

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¥5,687
Author: 
Ivan Raykoff
Pages
304 Pages
Format
Hardcover
Size
162 x 241 mm
Pub date
Jan 2014
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The Romantic pianist-the solo pianist who plays nineteenth-century piano music-has become an attractive figure in the popular imagination, considering the innumerable artworks, literature, and films representing this performer's seductive allure. Dreams of Love pursues a wide-ranging interdisciplinary approach to understanding the "romantic" pianist as a cultural icon, focusing on the role of technology in producing and perpetuating this mythology over the past two centuries. Sound recording and cinema have shaped the pianist's music and image since the early twentieth century, but these contemporary media technologies build upon practices established during the early nineteenth century: the influence of the piano keyboard on early telegraphs and typewriters, the invention of the solo recital alongside developments in photography, and the ways that piano design and the placement of the instrument on stage structure our viewing-listening perspectives. The concept of technology can be broadened to include the performance of gender and sexuality as further ways of making the pianist into an attractive cultural figure. The book's three sections deal with the touch, sights, and sounds of the Romantic pianist's playing as mediated through various forms of technology. Analyzing these persistent Liebestraume and exploring how they function can reveal their meaning for performers, audiences, and music lovers of the past and present too.

Index: 

01. Foreplay
I. TOUCH
02. Touching Technologies
03. Pianist Envy
04. Prosthetic Desires
II. SIGHT
05. Play It Again, Franz
06. Embodied Instruments
07. Listening Looks
III. SOUN D
08. Chopin's Seductions
09. Piano Women, Forte Women
10. Virile Virtuosity
11. Afterglow
Index

About the author: 

Ivan Raykoff is Associate Professor of Music in the interdisciplinary arts program at Eugene Lang College, the undergraduate liberal arts division of The New School in New York.

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