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3. THE PIANO
(a) The piano of Mozart's generation, now distinguished by its early
name of forte-piano, has in its full-size concert version (not a very
large instrument) a light efficient Viennese action and a small but
extremely colourful tone of remarkable charm and beauty.
To produce this tone successfully requires a touch nearer to that of
the harpsichord than to that of a modern grand piano. It can easily be
killed by insensitive handling, when it becomes flat and muffled. The
player has to feel his way to the right combinaton of delicacy and
firmness. The proper sonority of the instrument is remarkably warm
and generous, though not very loud.
(b) The grand piano of Beethoven's maturity is a more robust instrument, particularly if it has an English action of the kind which gave
Beethoven so little pleasure as is now thought, when he was presented
with a Broadwood in the year 1817. The tone still remains smaller, but
also more colourful, than the present grand; the player must still adapt
his touch until he can bring out...
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- Spring '14