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Ralph Shapey at the Piano: Evolution of a Style

Ralph Shapey at the Piano: Evolution of a Style Gor Do N e . mA r Sh r alph Shapey at the Piano: e volution of a Style I remember one of the arguments with Jack Maxin. He was doing one of my pieces. I said, “Don’t you see these legato lines? What are you doing? Why are you bang- ing the shit out of the piano?” He said, “Well, isn’t this twentieth- century music, contemporary music?” I said, “Yes, I guess so.” He said, “Well, contemporary music is percussive.” I said, “But I got legato [lines here].” “Well, a piano doesn’t play legato.” I said, “Yeh, but you have the illusion of it.” —Ralph Shapey Shapey’s Style and the Piano r alph Shapey’s piano music spans fifty years of his creative life. impor- tant stages in his evolution as a composer can be traced in much of his output for the keyboard, and the artistic significance of several of the solo works suggests that, over time, Shapey developed an important relationship with the instrument. An accomplished violinist, Shapey gave up playing that instrument in 1946 in order to devote himself to composition. Shapey had no real pianistic ability, but the piano served as a tool for his http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png American Music University of Illinois Press

Ralph Shapey at the Piano: Evolution of a Style

American Music , Volume 33 (4) – Apr 29, 2016

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Gor Do N e . mA r Sh r alph Shapey at the Piano: e volution of a Style I remember one of the arguments with Jack Maxin. He was doing one of my pieces. I said, “Don’t you see these legato lines? What are you doing? Why are you bang- ing the shit out of the piano?” He said, “Well, isn’t this twentieth- century music, contemporary music?” I said, “Yes, I guess so.” He said, “Well, contemporary music is percussive.” I said, “But I got legato [lines here].” “Well, a piano doesn’t play legato.” I said, “Yeh, but you have the illusion of it.” —Ralph Shapey Shapey’s Style and the Piano r alph Shapey’s piano music spans fifty years of his creative life. impor- tant stages in his evolution as a composer can be traced in much of his output for the keyboard, and the artistic significance of several of the solo works suggests that, over time, Shapey developed an important relationship with the instrument. An accomplished violinist, Shapey gave up playing that instrument in 1946 in order to devote himself to composition. Shapey had no real pianistic ability, but the piano served as a tool for his

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American MusicUniversity of Illinois Press

Published: Apr 29, 2016

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