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Debussy may have discovered his own pianistic voice after hearing the gamelan, but by the end of the 20th century the inspiration had reversed direction and his impact on Asian piano music is incalculable.
Or, to put it in other terms, the keyboard music of Liszt and Chopin is intensely pianistic, exploiting the sonic possibilities of the instrument.
That’s a context that makes his pianistic individuality absolutely clear and brings those quirky rhythms and grooves into sharp focus.
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.
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.
Heard in a bona fide jazz room where music takes top priority, Jones unleashes the full force of his pianistic gifts.
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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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