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Great Performances

The Art of Piano (#2513)

This program contains a wealth of archival material, much of it never before seen. Viewers can study, close-up, the hands of Artur Rubinstein, Glenn Gould and Vladimir Horowitz as they play, then compare them with rare clips of Alfred Cortot, Edwin Fischer, Wilhelm Backhaus and Benno Moiseiwitsch. Journeying through the major traditions and stylistic currents that have shaped the 20th-century history of the piano, this performance documentary bisects the other important developments that have left their mark on the music: recording techniques, instrument manufacture, Hollywood films and even the psychology of the world's virtuoso performers. Also featured are contemporary pianists and conductors, discussing the styles and significance of techniques and performances. [116 minutes] Closed Captioning

This episode has not aired in the past few months on Iowa Public Television.

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Grade Levels
Curricular Areas
The Arts
Series Length
263 episodes
Average Episode Length
97 minutes
Record Rights
Sch/until 3/24/16; ncc; simul. ;7-day cached rights
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