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Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli as I Knew Him

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Lidia Kozubek

This book explores the artistic principles of Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli, his concert activities, his art of piano playing, as well as his pedagogy and his attitude towards his students. The author presents the biographical data of the artist as well as the list of his recordings and introduces this extraordinary artist to a wider audience, especially to admirers of beautiful music and its performers. The book aims at encouraging in particular the young to follow the high artistic principles required in such a refined and unique art.

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How I Met Michelangeli . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli at Close Quarters . . . . . . . . . 12 Artistic Views and Principles. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Concert Activity. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 The Repertoire and its Preparation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37 Michelangeli’s Performance Art and Playing Style . . . . . . . . 43 Michelangeli’s Teaching Method. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61 Our Maestro and His Pupils . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 87 Michelangeli’s Pianistic Art — Top Achievement of Contemporary Musical Performance Culture . . . . . . . . . . 94 A Few Biographical Notes on Michelangeli. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 99 Major Recordings Authorized by Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli . . . . . . . . . . . 103 Sources Cited . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 111 Illustrations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 115

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