Schnabel's Rationalism, Gould's Pragmatism

Arved Ashby

in Absolute Music, Mechanical Reproduction

Published by University of California Press

Published in print June 2010 | ISBN: 9780520264793
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520945692 | DOI:
Schnabel's Rationalism, Gould's Pragmatism

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This chapter compares Artur Schnabel and Glenn Gould, especially in their differences in their keyboard address, showing that while Gould is usually criticized for emphasizing pianism over service to the composer, Schnabel is criticized for paying more attention to the abstract notions of musicality than to the realities of musical execution. It then examines the Schnabel–Gould divide within the confrontation between rationalism and pragmatism, and studies their texts and performances. The chapter also tries to reidentify Gould, introduces Gouldian pragmatism and the pragmatist recording, and looks at how Schnabel fixed a cycle of Beethoven's sonatas and concertos.

Keywords: Artur Schnabel; Glenn Gould; keyboard address; pianism; musical execution; rationalism; pragmatism; Schnabel–Gould divide; Gouldian pragmatism; pragmatist recording

Chapter.  13178 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Applied Music

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