About this book
Eloquent, intimate exploration of the piano and its history by the world-renowned concert pianist, Charles Rosen. Here, he examines the fine line between a beautiful sound and a frightening din and the masters who demonstrated the difference. "If there is a better or more controversial book than this about...playing the piano, I do not know it" Michael Kennedy, "Sunday Telegraph"
An exploration of the delights and demands of the piano. It considers various aspects of the instrument: from what makes a beautiful sound to suffering from stage fright, from the physical challenges of playing to tales of great musicians, including Vladimir Horowitz's recording tricks, and why Artur Rubenstein applied hairspray to the keys.