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Piano Complete Work Paperback


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  • Paperback: 140 pages
  • Publisher: Konemann (February 28, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 963830376X
  • ISBN-13: 978-9638303769
  • Product Dimensions: 12 x 9.2 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,711,960 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By neille33@hotmail.com on August 12, 1998
Format: Paperback
At last, a comprehensive resource for pianists. Those who have been searching for a complete edition of Balakirev's music without the necessity of travelling to Moscow will be thrilled at these offerings from Konemann. Praise to Konemann also for including the early, immature Sonata, not so much for its performance value (Balakirev rightly considered the later 1905 Sonata the true version) but for the opportunity to see the evolution of Balakirev's style, much like comparing the different versions of Liszt's etudes. The book starts off, in fact, with a Liszt-style operatic paraphrase which is pianistically resplendent, and would provide a true gem of a neglected concert piece in a pianist's repertoire. The same could be said for most of the contents of these three volumes. It's wonderful to have a comprehensive collection of Balakirev's wonderfully idiomatic piano music, rather than the scattershot edtions generally available from Peters and Zimmerman. My only gripe is that certain minutia such as dedications and publication dates are left in the urtext cyrillic, thus promoting russian dictionary sales.
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3 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 9, 1999
Format: Paperback
This passage comments on the last piece in this title. Islamey is one of the most skillfully-crafted masterpieces in piano literature with full root-chords, melodious chromatics, and varying flying arppegios all in one piece. Facinatingly difficult, it uses almost all the keys on the keyboard, from the lowest D flat to the highest F sharp. Only a brilliant composer with burning talent such as the Great Mily Alexeyevich Balakirev himself could produce such a work in the time span of only one month, and I recommend the discerning pianist should take a listen to it if they haven't.
Legend has it that the original composition was so difficult that Balakirev himself couldn't play it as he had written it. I believe the version offered in this score is a modified one but it still contains many conflicting chords that sound too muddy if played as written. Islamey has been avoided by pianists and contenders in piano competitions as it is said to be too complicated and is considered to have 'died' many years ago.
But I want to commemorate the legend once more: "Long live Islamey!!!", and may this classic live FOREVER...
Excellent!
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