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Dreams of Love: Playing the Romantic Pianist

Ivan Raykoff


The Romantic pianist—the solo pianist who plays nineteenth-century piano music—has become an attractive figure in the popular imagination, considering the innumerable artworks, literary works, and films representing this performer’s seductive allure. Dreams of Love pursues a wide-ranging interdisciplinary approach to understanding the “romantic” pianist as a cultural icon, focusing on the role of technology in producing and perpetuating this mythology over the past two centuries. Sound recording and cinema have shaped the pianist’s music and image since the early twentieth century, but these c ... More

Keywords: Piano, pianist, music, Romantic, instrument, performance, technology, cinema, gender, sexuality

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199892679
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199892679.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ivan Raykoff, author
The New School