Reflections of an American Harpsichordist: Unpublished Memoirs, Essays, and Lectures of Ralph Kirkpatrick - Eastman Studies in Music v. 140 (Hardback)Meredith Kirkpatrick (editor)
Hardback 226 Pages / Published: 31/03/2017
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This collection of unpublished writings by the eminent harpsichordist and scholar Ralph Kirkpatrick contains his memoirs for the period 1933-77 as well as essays on a variety of topics, including his preparation for the first performance of Elliott Carter's Double Concerto, thoughts on editing Bach's Goldberg Variations, and reflections on recording, chamber music, performance, and harpsichords and their transport. The volume also contains five lectures from a Yale University lecture series presented between 1969 and 1971, a bibliography of publications by and about Kirkpatrick, a discography of his recordings, and a foreword by former Kirkpatrick student and renowned organist William Porter. Meredith Kirkpatrick, the niece of Ralph Kirkpatrick, is a librarian and bibliographer at Boston University and the editor of Ralph Kirkpatrick: Letters of the American Harpsichordist and Scholar (University of Rochester Press, 2014).
Publisher: Boydell & Brewer Ltd
Number of pages: 226
Weight: 456 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 19 mm
Beautiful to hold and captures [the] place in history of this very eminent American musician and scholar. FONTES ARTIS MUSICAE Brilliant observations that apply to all fields of music. The fascinating writing itself is so elegant and polished. . . that the reader constantly wants to turn the pages. . . . Should be of interest to all lovers of keyboard instruments and the music written for them. AMERICAN ORGANIST Kirkpatrick's playing, at its best, is magnificent ... [This] entertaining and wittily written book ... [is] a beautiful complement to [Ralph Kirkpatrick: Letters of the American Harpsichordist and Scholar], which came out a few years ago. OPUSKLASSIEK Offers a fascinating view into the personality and worldview of Ralph Kirkpatrick. . . . The writing reveals scrupulous musical standards and a crunchy personality. AMERICAN RECORD GUIDE Meredith Kirkpatrick has selected wisely and edited meticulously. We are offered many insights into the life of a concert harpsichordist at a time when such individuals were rare indeed. [Kirkpatrick's] prose style is always elegant, but he expresses himself directly and vigorously. EARLY MUSIC PERFORMER Opens a window onto much of 20th-century cultural history. We encounter Francis Poulenc, Igor Stravinsky, Elliott Carter, Eugene Ormandy, Isaiah Berlin, Bernard Berenson, Bruno Walter . Paul Hindemith . and the young Herbert von Karajan. Essential reading for anyone interested in the harpsichord, scholarship, and musical style. EARLY MUSIC AMERICA [From] a musician who was widely admired as one of the finest harpsichordists of his day [comes] this collection of memoirs, essays and lectures, all previously unpublished and edited sensitively by Kirkpatrick's niece...[The memoirs are] pleasingly anecdotal. GRAMOPHONE [A welcome new book of writings by] the trailblazing American harpsichordist...edited with exemplary thoroughness by his niece Meredith Kirkpatrick. It's kick-started by an agreeably gossipy memoir. Humour and waspish observations gild memoir and polemic alike. Many of the issues pondered with characteristic clarity are no less relevant fifty years on...[He] insists 'it's far less wrong to perform Scarlatti well on the piano than to play it badly on the harpsichord'. Hear, hear. (Four stars, and Editor's Choice) BBC MUSIC MAGAZINE [Paul Riley]
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