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The Hammond B3 organ is a complicated instrument with a warm sound that can simmer and shout, and Charette also manages to approach the organ with pianistic subtlety.
The main challenge, at least for her, wasn’t pianistic technique, but the depth-of-emotional connection: Though her performances were super-engaged and entirely committed throughout, the Piano Sonata No.
Heard in a bona fide jazz room where music takes top priority, Jones unleashes the full force of his pianistic gifts.
Beatrice — pronounced Bee-ah-TREE-chay — Rana is one of the former child prodigies who have demonstrated the great pianistic skills that can be achieved at an early age.
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The origin of "pianistic" won’t surprise anyone - it’s ultimately from "piano," of course. But the "-istic" suffix is less than ubiquitous and bears some attention. It is used from time to time to create adjectives that correspond to nouns ending primarily in "-ism" or "-ist." (In this case, both "pianism" and "pianist" outdate "pianistic," although only by a few years.) The pedigree of "-istic" isn’t too surprising; etymologists report that it comes from Middle French ("-istique"), Latin ("-isticus"), and ultimately Greek ("-istikos"). As with words formed from the suffix -ic, words ending in "-istic" can sometimes find life as nouns - for example, "autistic" and "characteristic."
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