The Great Pianists - Chapters VIII through X Summary & Analysis

Harold C. Schonberg
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Chapters VIII through X Summary and Analysis

Chapters VIII through X introduces the first group of five pianists that began nineteenth century romanticism.

Chapter VIII Romanticism and its Rules describes piano and performance changes that began with a nineteenth century style called romanticism. The notable romantic pianists Mendelssohn, Chopin, Liszt, Thalberg and Henselt were all born within five years from 1809 to 1814. The romantic upheaval itself occurred in 1830 Paris and coincided with increased popularity of the piano in most European homes. Pianos grew as popular and available at home as twentieth century records or DVDs today. The popularity of piano music created demand for live music. Great pianists evolved into showmen to entertain audiences. Solo concerts were held by Franz Liszt in 1839 Rome. Initially he promoted "soliloquies" but by 1841 advertised "piano recitals." They were long informal concerts where laughing, talking, eating, drinking and...

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