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Since its inception, the piano recital has remained the principal—if not exclusive—model for presenting solo piano repertoire. It is a format that, as this essay will examine, has evolved throughout its history in response to artistic, social, and technological changes. Therefore, to advocate for modifications in the piano recital is simply to cont...
Given that the recital is the quintessential format to present solo piano music, it is important to analyze its origin, the changes it underwent, and its validity in our time. Both Franz Liszt with his virtuoso recitals and Ignaz Moscheles with his series of historical concerts, lay the groundwork for the format and for certain conventions, some of...