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Interpreting Mozart: The Performance of His Piano Works 2nd Edition

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Paul Badura-Skoda is one of the most important pianists of our time. In 1945, Badura-Skoda entered the Vienna entered the Vienna Conservatory, and two years later won first prize in the Austrian Music Competition and a scholarship which allowed him to study with Edwin Fischer. In 1949, Wilhelm Firtwängler and Herbert von Karajan became aware of Badura-Skoda's outstanding talent, and invited him to play concerts. Practically overnight the young Viennese became a world-famous artist. Since then, Badura-Skoda has been a regular and celebrated guest at the most important music festivals, and a soloist with world's most prestigious orchestras.

Eva Badura-Skoda is a musicologist, publishing extensively on the history of the piano and on performance-practice problems of the 18th and 19th centuries.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 2 edition (May 21, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415977517
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415977517
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #413,303 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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As with many out of print books a bout music and the piano I have not bought a printed version of this. INstead I have a downloaded eBook.

Badura Skoda seems to know Mozart's intention better than Mozart himself, as he presumes to tell us what Mozart intended when Mozart got his notation wrong! He tells us how many ambiguous elements of Mozart's notation are to be interpreted, but rarely tells us why, to the detriment of those of us that do not share his infallible insights. He also has intimate and accurate knowledge of 18th Century customs and conventions despite the fact that writers of that time contradict each other on almost every point!

My advice to pianists that want to play Mozart "authentically" and "meaningfully". Read this, and any other books from the arrogant superstars of the classical world. Then play the music as you see fit, based on what you take to be its meaning ... and NOT on the rules and pronouncements of self-professed experts, no matter how well or badly they play, nor how great their reputations.
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Very helpful in understanding why he composed what he did
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