A Pianist's AZ

A Pianist's AZ

From one of the world's best-loved pianists, comes a hugely insightful and enjoyable book for all piano lovers. Ever since Alfred Brendel bid farewell to the concert stage after six decades of performing, he has been passing on his insight and experience in the form of lectures, readings and master-classes. This reader for lovers of the piano distils his musical and linguistic eloquence and vast knowledge, and will prove invaluable to anyone with an interest in the technique, history and repertoire of the piano. Erudite, witty, enlightening and deeply personal, A Pianist's A to Z is the ideal book for all piano lovers, musicians and music aficionados: rarely has the instrument been described in such an entertaining and intelligent fashion.

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Playing the Human Game

Essays

Alfred Brendel is one of the greatest living pianists of our time, renowned for his masterly interpretations of Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven. Playing the Human Game is his first and most comprehensive collection of poems in English appearing alongside their original German versions. Brendels poetry presents a world of enchanting humour, music and madness, which has drawn praise from the playwright Harold Pinter and Former Poet Laureate Andrew Motion among many others. Containing over 200 poems, Playing the Human Game features many previously unpublished works, and is beautifully illustrated with artworks that have inspired Brendel and his poetry.

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Alfred Brendel on Music

Essays
Brendel on Music

The definitive collection of Alfred Brendel's writings combines his two classic books, Musical thoughts and Afterthoughts and Music Sounded Out and also includes new, previously unpublished essays. Since the 1950's, Brendel has been one of the most prolific recording artists in the world. And here, in one volume of his best work, he brings the clarity and originality of expression that characterize his performances to the printed page. Whether discussing Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Liszt, Schoenberg, or other pianists, his reflections will prove invaluable to serious piano players and listeners alike.

quoteHe writes so well that it seems almost unfair in someone who plays as he does.quote
Gabriele Annan, Books of the Year, Spectator
quoteEverything he writes demonstrates the acuteness of his intelligence as well as the depth of his sensibility.quote
Anthony Storr, Independent on Sunday
quote...a blending of the musical and human, historical and personal. It is what gives his writing, like his playing, its sense of excitement and commitment.quote
The Economist

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One Finger Too Many

A Poem
A Poem

A Poem

The Coughers of Cologne
have joined forces with Cologne Clappers
and established the Cough and Clap Society
a non-profit-making organization
whose aim it is
to guarantee each concertgoer's right
to cough and applaud
Attempts by unfeeling artists and impresarios
to question such privileges
have led to a Coughers and Clappers initiative
Members are required to applaud
immediately after sublime codas
and cough distinctly
during expressive silences
Distinct coughing is of paramount importance
to stifle or muffle it
forbidden on pain of expulsion
Coughers of outstanding tenacity
are awarded the Coughing Rhinemaiden
a handsome if slightly baroque appendage
to be worn around the neck
The C & C' recent merger
with the New York Sneezers
and the London Whistlers
raises high hopes
for Cologne's musical future.

by Alfred Brendel, taken from ONE FINGER TOO MANY
Faber Poetry Series

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Cursing Bagels

Cursing Bagels Cover

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Complete bibliography

Essays

Alfred Brendel - Musical Thoughts and Afterthoughts
1976 Robson Books Ltd. London
1998, Paperback Reprint, Robson Books

USA

Musical Thoughts and Afterthoughts
1976 USA, Princeton University Press
1991 The Noonday Press, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, New York

Germany

Nachdenken über Musik
1977, Piper Verlag München
various editions since then

France

Réflexions faites. Pensees et arriere-pensees
1979 Buchet/Chastel, Paris

Hungary

Ténödes a zenéröl
Translation by Dávid Gábor
1981 Zenemükiado Budapest

Italy

Paradosso dell’ interprete. Pensieri e riflessioni sulla musica
1997 Passigli Editori, Firenze
Alfred Brendel - Music sounded out
1990 Robson Books Ltd., London

USA

Music sounded out
1992, The Noonday Press, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, New York

Germany

Musik beim Wort genommen
1992, Piper Verlag, München

France

Musique côté cour, côté jardin
Buchet/Chastel, Paris 1994

Japan

Music sounded out
1990, Ongakuno Tomo
Alfred Brendel - On Music. Collected Essays
2001 Robson Books Ltd., London

USA

On Music. Collected Essays
2001, a capella, Chicago

Greece

ΜΟΥΣΙΚΟΙ ΣΤΟΧΑΣΜΟΙ ΚΑΙ ΑΝΑΣΤΟΧΑΣΜΟΙ [MOUSSIKI STOHASMI KÉ ANASTOHASMI]
1998 ΝΕΦΕΛΗ ΜΟΥΣΙΚΗ [NEFELI MOUSSIKI] Athens
translated by Chara Iakovidou

Germany

Über Music.Sämtliche Essays und Reden
2005, Piper, München
Alfred Brendel - Ausgerechnet ich. Gespräche mit Martin Meyer

Germany

2001 Carl Hanser Verlag, München

Japan

Ausgerechnet ich. Gespräche mit Martin Meyer
2001, Ongakuno Tomo, translated by Kazuko Okamoto

UK

The Veil of Order. Conversations with Martin Meyer
Faber and Faber, London 2002

USA

Me of all People. Conversations with Martin Meyer
Cornell University Press, 2002

Italy

Il Velo Dell’ Ordine. Conversazioni con Martin Meyer
Adelphi Edizioni Milano 2002

France

Le Voile de l’Ordre. Entretiens avec Martin Meyer
Christian Burgois Éditeur Paris 2002

Netherlands

Uitgerekend ik. Gesprekken over muziek met Martin Meyer
Uitgeverij Wereldbibliotheek bv, Amsterdam

Germany

Alfred Brendel - Nach dem Schlussakkord
Carl Hanser Verlag, 2010

Germany

Alfred Brendel - Spielgewohnheiten
Carl Hanser Verlag, 2014

Poems/Gedichte:

Alfred Brendel - Fingerzeig. 45 Texte
1996, Carl Hanser Verlag, München
Störendes Lachen während des Jaworts. Neue Texte
1997, Carl Hanser Verlag, München
Kleine Teufel. Neue Gedichte
1999, Carl Hanser Verlag, München
Ein Finger zuviel. 142 Gedichte
2000, Piper Verlag, München
Spiegelbild und schwarzer Spuk. Gesammelte und neue Gedichte
003, Hanser Verlag, München

CD Audio Book

Aus Fingerzeig &Störendes Lachen während des Jaworts
Gelesen von Alfred Brendel
1997 Hörverlag
Brendel liest Brendel
2 Volumes (CDs)
2003 DG Special
Alfred Brendel - Poèmes

France

Traduit de l’allemand par Olivier Mannoni, Edition bilingue
2001, Christian Bourgois éditeur, Paris
Une aile blanche et l'autre noire Poèmes
Traduit de l’allemand par Olivier Mannoni, Edition bilingue
2005, Christian Bourgois éditeur, Paris
Alfred Brendel - One finger too many. Poems
1998, First Edition in English, Faber and Faber, London

USA

One finger too many. Poems
1998, Random House, New York

Netherlands

Een vinger te veel. 89 literaire variaties
1998, Van Gennep, Amsterdam
Alfred Brendel - Un dito di troppo
Traduzione italiana di Quirino Principe (Fingerzeig, Störendes Lachen während des Jaworts, Kleine Teufel)
Passigli Editori, Firenze 2002
Alfred Brendel - Playing the Human Game
Collected Poems
Phaidron Press, 2010

Furthermore he published some poems in the following books and journals:

Jahrbuch der Lyrik 98/99, Jahrbuch der Lyrik 2000, Jahrbuch der Lyrik 2002
Ed. by Christoph Buchwald and others. C.H. Beck Verlag, München
Es fielen Töne in die Stille. Musik und Poesie
2001, Carl Hanser Verlag, München
Das Gedicht, Zeitschrift für Lyrik, Essay und Kritik
Ed. by A.G. Leitner, No 9, Herbst 2001 – Sommer 2002

Raster 94/2001

Diderot
Tijdschrift in Boekvorm, Driemaandelijkse uitgave van de Bezige bij Amsterdam

 

Several poems appeared in Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung and Neue Zürcher Zeitung.