After the Golden Age

The book's broad message proclaims that there is nothing divinely ordained about our own concert-practices, programming and piano-performance styles. Many aspects of the modern approach are unhistorical-some laudable, some merely ludicrous.

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Author: Kenneth Hamilton

Publisher: OUP USA

ISBN: 9780195178265

Category: Music

Page: 320

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Kenneth Hamilton's book engagingly and lucidly dissects the oft-invoked myth of a Great Tradition, or Golden Age of Pianism. It is written both for players and for members of their audiences by a pianist who believes that scholarship and readability can go hand-in-hand. Hamilton discusses in meticulous yet lively detail the performance-style of great pianists from Liszt to Paderewski, and delves into the far-from-inevitable development of the piano recital. He entertainingly recounts how classical concerts evolved from exuberant, sometimes riotous events into the formal, funereal trotting out of predictable pieces they can be today, how an often unhistorical "respect for the score" began to replace pianists' improvisations and adaptations, and how the clinical custom arose that an audience should be seen and not heard. Pianists will find food for thought here on their repertoire and the traditions of its performance. Hamilton chronicles why pianists of the past did not always begin a piece with the first note of the score, nor end with the last. He emphasizes that anxiety over wrong notes is a relatively recent psychosis, and playing entirely from memory a relatively recent requirement. Audiences will encounter a vivid account of how drastically different are the recitals they attend compared to concerts of the past, and how their own role has diminished from noisily active participants in the concert experience to passive recipients of artistic benediction from the stage. They will discover when cowed listeners eventually stopped applauding between movements, and why they stopped talking loudly during them. The book's broad message proclaims that there is nothing divinely ordained about our own concert-practices, programming and piano-performance styles. Many aspects of the modern approach are unhistorical-some laudable, some merely ludicrous. They are also far removed from those fondly, if deceptively, remembered as constituting a Golden Age.

The Golden Age Annotated

The term Golden Age comes from Greek mythology, particularly the Works and Days of Hesiod, and is part of the description of temporal decline of the state of peoples through five Ages, Gold being the first and the one during which the ...

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Author: Kenneth Grahame

Publisher:

ISBN: 9798664319255

Category:

Page: 136

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The term Golden Age comes from Greek mythology, particularly the Works and Days of Hesiod, and is part of the description of temporal decline of the state of peoples through five Ages, Gold being the first and the one during which the Golden Race of humanity lived. After the end of the first age was the Silver, then the Bronze, after this the Heroic age, with the fifth and current age being Iron.

Crime Fiction

THE GOLDEN AGE TO THE PRESENT In Britain , the Golden Age has a convenient point of origin in the publication of ... in 1920 , and the reign of the Queen of Crime ' continued until long after the Golden Age is normally considered to ...

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Author: John Scaggs

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 0415318254

Category: Fiction

Page: 170

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Provides a lively introduction to what is both a wide-ranging and hugely popular literary genre. Accessible and clear, this comprehensive overview is the essential guide for all those studying crime fiction.

The Frigid Golden Age

With Barents was the young Jacob van Heemskerk, later among the most celebrated explorers and admirals of the Dutch Golden Age. After braving high winds, the fleet approached the North Cape – the northernmost tip of Norway –on 5August.

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Author: Dagomar Degroot

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781108317580

Category: Nature

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Dagomar Degroot offers the first detailed analysis of how a society thrived amid the Little Ice Age, a period of climatic cooling that reached its chilliest point between the sixteenth and eighteenth centuries. The precocious economy, unusual environment, and dynamic intellectual culture of the Dutch Republic in its seventeenth-century Golden Age allowed it to thrive as neighboring societies unraveled in the face of extremes in temperature and precipitation. By tracing the occasionally counterintuitive manifestations of climate change from global to local scales, Degroot finds that the Little Ice Age presented not only challenges for Dutch citizens but also opportunities that they aggressively exploited in conducting commerce, waging war, and creating culture. The overall success of their Republic in coping with climate change offers lessons that we would be wise to heed today, as we confront the growing crisis of global warming.

The Golden Age of Pantomime

and squashing babies, are such very good jokes, that we can bear to see them repeated year after year of them, or voting them stale and dull.9 without feeling weary In A Curious Dance Round a Curious Tree in Household Words (17 January ...

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Author: Jeffrey Richards

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9780857724724

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 456

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Of all the theatrical genres most prized by the Victorians, pantomime is the only one to have survived continuously into the twenty-first century. It remains as true today as it was in the 1830s, that a visit to the pantomime constitutes the first theatrical experience of most children and now, as then, a successful pantomime season is the key to the financial health of most theatres. Everyone went to the pantomime, from Queen Victoria and the royal family to the humblest of her subjects. It appealed equally to West End and East End, to London and the provinces, to both sexes and all ages. Many Victorian luminaries were devotees of the pantomime, notably among them John Ruskin, Charles Dickens, Lewis Carroll and W.E. Gladstone. In this vivid and evocative account of the Victorian pantomime, Jeffrey Richards examines the potent combination of slapstick, spectacle and subversion that ensured the enduring popularity of the form. The secret of its success, he argues, was its continual evolution. It acted as an accurate cultural barometer of its times, directly reflecting current attitudes, beliefs and preoccupations, and it kept up a flow of instantly recognisable topical allusions to political rows, fashion fads, technological triumphs, wars and revolutions, and society scandals. Richards assesses throughout the contribution of writers, producers, designers and stars to the success of the pantomime in its golden age. This book is a treat as rich and appetizing as turkey, mince pies and plum pudding.

The Golden Age

A joy to read and reread, Kenneth Grahame's story of children is not a book designed purely for young readers.

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Author: Kenneth Grahame

Publisher:

ISBN: PSU:000013223854

Category: Brothers and sisters

Page: 252

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A joy to read and reread, Kenneth Grahame's story of children is not a book designed purely for young readers. Thoughtful short stories about five endearing and creative siblings growing up in late Victorian England, the charming vignettes gently probe differences between children's and adults' perceptions of the world.

The Golden Age

THE GOLDEN AGE A Quantum Leap forMankind “Only afterthelasttreehas beencut down, Only after thelastriverhas beenpoisoned, Only after the last fish has been caught, Only then you will find that, Money cannot be eaten.

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Author: Tilakasiri Simon

Publisher: Partridge Publishing Singapore

ISBN: 9781482891270

Category: Self-Help

Page: 144

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Each day, humans are exposed to an unending onslaught of negativity. It would be easy to lose hope for the future, but in the face of all this bad news, there is a beacon of hope. Within each of us, we hold the key to mankind’s salvation. By altering our individual consciousness, we can collectively bring about a shift in the collective consciousness. The Golden Age: A Quantum Leap for Mankind covers the relevant topics pertaining to mankind’s sustenance and growth, presenting a philosophy that seeks to bring about a positive, productive, wholesome shift for humanity. Mankind awaits its quantum leap of awareness, achieved through new ways of thinking and new ways of looking at our world. An enhanced perspective can create enhanced and improved behaviours, reinforces our self-confidence and brings about the restoration of mankind. In this guide, author Tilakasiri Simon shares encompassing, timeless messages from the Great Masters who have walked among us and the great leaders of the world. When we work together to raise humanity to a new paradigm of existence, we view life from a new perspective and experience life differently, all for the common good of humanity and its habitats, the earth’s flora and fauna and the planet itself—regardless of races, religions and nationalities. All is not yet lost. We can make a difference! The future depends on us and the choices we make for ourselves, our planet and our future.