Neuhaus taught at the Moscow Conservatory and his pupils included some of the greatest pianists of the twentieth century: Emil Gilels, Sviatoslav Richter, Nina Svetlanova, Alexei Lubimov and Radu Lupu. His legacy continues today and many teachers around the world regard this book as the most authoritative on the subject of piano playing.
This well-known pianist and teacher's guide to sound piano technique covers tone production, fingering, pedaling, chords, sight-reading, and more. Its 63 musical excerpts include works by such masters as Beethoven, Chopin, Schumann, Mendelssohn, and Liszt. Numerous exercises, complemented by 64 black-and-white photographs, demonstrate a variety of technical, stylistic, and musical approaches.
Piano Stylings of the Great Standards is a series of books created for the pianist who longs to play the best-loved and most important songs of the popular genre in very special and elegant musical settings. The arrangements are represented in varying styles, written and influenced by the many great pianists who, over the years, have helped to shape popular piano performance. The series is designed to supply a broad scope of popular piano repertoire for solo performance, both for the working pianist and the amateur. As with all books in this series, it includes a unique lay-flat binding to help keep the music open on the music stand. Titles: All the Things You Are * As Time Goes By * Blue Moon * Don't Worry 'Bout Me * Laura * Moonglow * My Foolish Heart * Over the Rainbow * Stormy Weather * Where or When
In The Pianist's Craft, Richard Anderson collects from his fellow pianist-scholars 18 articles on the teaching, preparation, and performance of works by the greatest composers in the standard piano repertoire. The contributors—all recognized nationally and internationally for their contributions as performing artists, teachers, recording artists, and clinicians—write thoughtfully about the composers whose work they have studied and played for years, examining questions of phrasing, tempo, articulation, dynamics, rhythm, color, gesture, lyricism, instrumentation, and genre. The Pianist's Craft is intended for teachers and students of the intermediate and advanced levels of piano, instructors and performers at the university level, and those who love piano and piano music generally.
Hard-to-find book documents methods of legendary piano teacher. Clear, easy-to-follow text, illustrated with many music examples, photos of hand positions, etc. Includes finger exercises, scales, octaves, chords, arpeggios, dynamics, the pedal, more.
From her first piano recital at age three until circumstances prevented her further concertizing, Maria Curcio performed with such great musicians as Carlo Maria Giulini, Pierre Monteux, Joseph Krips, Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, and Szymon Goldberg. Literally Schnabel's last student, she now devotes her full time to teaching. Her experience and rich legacy make her one of the most important piano teachers of this century. This book explains how she translates the inspiration and musical ideas behind a masterpiece into their realization in sound.
Here, in one remarkable volume, are the thoughts, musical insights, and invaluable practical advice from a host of world-class musicians. Ignacy Paderewski talks about the correct motion of fingers and forearm in his new "Méthode"; Josef Hofmann talks about the role of inspiration, Leopold Godowsky discusses the laws governing technique, more. Introduction by Dr. Jeffrey Johnson.
Revealing interviews with Arrau, Brendel, de Larrocha, Gilels, Horowitz, Tureck, Watts, 18 other artists. Intimate look at the concert scene and the life of a concert pianist. Introduction by Sir George Solti. Includes 51 photographs.
The nineteenth-century pianist and composer describes his life during his travels throughout North and South America.
So many of the great pianists and teachers have come out of Poland and Russia (Rubinstein, Anton as well as Arthur, Leschetizky, Paderewski, the Lhevinnes, Gilels, Richter, and others), yet we know little about their methods of learning and teaching. George Kochevitsky in The Art of Piano Playing supplies some important sources of information previously unavailable in the United States. From these sources, tempered by this own thinking, Kochevitsky formulated a scientific approach that can solve most problems of piano playing and teaching. George Kochevitsky graduated in 1930 from Leningrad Conservatory and did post-graduate work at Moscow Conservatory. After coming to the U.S., he taught privately in New York City, gave a number of lectures, and wrote for various music periodicals.
Through the middle years of this century, a formidable stream of Russian pianists - Gilels, Richter, Berman, Ashkenazy - took the musical world by storm, revealing by their virtuosity and musicianship the continuation of a great pianistic tradition. The Central School of Music and the Moscow Conservatory were the shrines where this tradition was passed on by dedicated and gifted teachers. Dmitry Paperno, himself a brilliant pianist, was a witness to this golden age of the piano. His memoirs, translated for the first time into English, take us into the halls of these celebrated schools, where the reader encounters not only the great pianists of the period but other legendary names: Oistrakh, Kogan, Rostropovich. Towering above all is his beloved teacher, Alexander Borisovich Goldenweiser. The rich musical life of Moscow and the tensions of international competition are vividly described along with the brutal repression of the Stalin years. The author recalls his performing career and gives an account of his years teaching in America since his emigration, rounding out this reminiscence.
Cyril Scott once described Percy Grainger as a `lovable eccentric'. The Australian-American pianist, composer, ethnologist, and aspiring `all-round man' was, however, more eccentric to his own age than to ours. His views on the environment, food, the body, participatory democracy, and sexall anticipated by several decades views more typical of the mid-late twentieth century.Prolific as a composer, performer, and recording artist, Grainger was an indefatigable writer. This selection of forty-six essays about the production, promotion, and propagation of music is drawn from his over 150 public writings. Written between the turn of the century and the early 1950s,these essays reveal Grainger's youthful compositional plans, his ideas about piano technique, and his enduring high regard for the music of Edvard Grieg, Frederick Delius, and `Frankfurt Group' colleagues Cyril Scott, Roger Quilter, and Henry Balfour Gardiner. Grainger on Music also pursues hisevolving thoughts about Nordic music, `Free Music', instrumental usage, and his occasional suggestions for musical development in Australia and the United States.
Wilhelm von Lenz was a a personal acquaintance of the famous romantic composers of the mid 19th century. His accounts tell us how the author experienced and evaluated the lives and careers of Franz Liszt, Frederic Chopin, Carl Tausig and Adolf von Henselt.