The Composer’s Landscape

The Composer’s Landscape

The Pianist as Explorer

Interpreting the Scores of Eight Masters

by Carol Montparker


Derived from her popular series of lecture-recitals presented by over the past several years, The Composer’s Landscape: The Pianist as Explorer – Interpreting the Scores of Eight Masters by Carol Montparker (September 2014, Amadeus Press, $29.99) features eight insightful essays on the piano repertoire, through a pianist’s eyes..

Each chapter in The Composer’s Landscape focuses on a single composer: Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Schumann, Brahms, Chopin, and Mendelssohn. Montparker uses “landscape” as a metaphor for the score, whether it be a well-tended garden of Mozart or the thorny thickets on a Schumann page: the topographical peaks and valleys, the circuitous melodic lines, the thoroughfares where all the voices convene, and so on. The discussions include thoughtful suggestions for navigating these “landscapes,” which differ so greatly from one composer to the next, taking note of the essential technical and interpretive elements, as well as the challenges for the “explorer pianist.”

As an actively performing pianist, lecturer, teacher, music journalist, and author of six other books on music, Montparker has the experience and understanding to guide readers through these issues while elucidating the finer points. Woven into her text are excerpts from her interviews with world-renowned pianists, from Alfred Brendel to André Watts, conducted during her many years as senior editor of Clavier magazine.

Illustrated with images from original autograph manuscripts and a CD of Montparker performing selections by the featured composers, The Composer’s Landscape will inform and charm pianists and music lovers alike

September 19, 2014
Paperback Original with CD
288 pages
 x 9
Amadeus Press is an imprint of Hal Leonard Corporation

About the Author:

CarolMontparker2Carol Montparker, an acclaimed author and pianist, is a Steinway Artist and an active recitalist and lecturer. Among her other books are The Blue Piano and Other Stories, A Pianist’s Landscape, and Polly and the Piano, all from Amadeus Press. Montparker’s career in music journalism includes 15 years as senior editor of Clavier magazine and pieces in the New York Times, Newsday, and many other publications. She lives in Huntington, N.Y.





Hal Leonard Performing Arts Publishing Group, the trade book division of Hal Leonard Corporations, publishes books on the performing arts under the imprints Hal Leonard Books, Backbeat Books, Amadeus Press, and Applause Theatre and Cinema Books.

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