Mus 352 Reading Report Article 3

3 the piano a the piano of mozarts generation now

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Unformatted text preview: an additional significance. 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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