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Moonlight Trapped in the Sonata Form?

July 15th, 2014 in Piano News by | 88 comments

Sonatas come in many shapes throughout the history of music. The name Sonata is derived from the Italian word “suonare” (to sound) as opposed to “Cantata” (to sing). Although we find many single movement pieces from the Baroque period and mid-18th century named sonatas, it is not until Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven develop a 3 (or 4) movement disposition that […]

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András Schiff Almost Won Grammy Without Pedal

February 12th, 2013 in Piano News by | 4 comments

András Schiff is one of the world’s most prominent proponents of the keyboard works of J.S. Bach and has long proclaimed that Bach stands at the core of his music-making. His 2012 recording of Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier (for the ECM New Series label) was nominated for the category “Best Classical Instrumental Solo” at the Grammy Awards 2013. He did not […]

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András Schiff Sharing Perspectives on Bartók

October 12th, 2012 in Top Video Picks by

Now in its 14th season, Carnegie Hall’s Perspectives series is an artistic initiative in which select musicians are invited to explore their own musical individuality and create their own personal concert series through collaborations with other musicians and ensembles. When asked to be a 2011–2012 Perspectives artist, pianist András Schiff was adamant about one thing: He wanted to focus on […]

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András Schiff Teaches Bach

June 20th, 2010 in Top Video Picks by

From the International Musicians’ Seminar, Prussia Cove, we here present a clip from a Masterclass on targeting characters between movements. Schiff also works on the disposition of form in order to rightfully serve the rhetoric qualities in Bach playing. In this particular Masterclass, András Schiff works with a student on Bach’s Second Partita for Keyboard, one of a set of […]

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