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Great Pianists on Piano Playing

By James Francis Cooke
  • ISBN Code: : 0486320200
  • Publisher : Courier Corporation
  • Pages : 448
  • Category : Music
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Great pianists discuss technique, musical development, virtuoso artistry, much more. Rachmaninoff's "Essentials of Artistic Playing," Busoni's "Important Details in Piano Study," etc. Includes 2 introductory essays, artist biographies, more.

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By Clifford Slapper
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  • Publisher : Rowman & Littlefield
  • Book Code : 1617137383
  • Total of Pages : 304
  • Category : Biography & Autobiography
  • Members : 366
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BOWIE'S PIANO MAN: THE LIFE OF MIKE GARSON

Play Piano in a Flash for Kids!

By Scott Houston
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  • Publisher : Hachette Books
  • Book Code : 1401305725
  • Total of Pages : 192
  • Category : Music
  • Members : 274
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Getting a child to play piano has never been easier! As seen on public television nationwide, Scott "The Piano Guy" Houston is the leading authority on fast and fun piano instruction. In Play Piano in a Flash for Kids! he simplifies his unique and effective method of learning to play piano, making it accessible to even the youngest want-to-be pianists. Highlighting popular, not classical, music, this book fosters and nourishes an early love for music by giving children the tools to play their favorite popular songs. Your child will be able to: Learn the basics of piano playing using a simple technique that pros use, which focuses on becoming a good player versus becoming a good notation reader Use easy-to-follow step-by-step illustrations that demonstrate each stage of learning Play popular music on the piano without having to learn how to read complicated sheet music It is a great book for kids who may have taken lessons previously but became frustrated by the long and complicated process. And all at a fraction of the cost of piano lessons! Both parents and children can have fun learning the piano or keyboard together, or children can work through the book on their own, with parents providing support only when needed. Play Piano in a Flash for Kids! is the perfect tool for parents or teachers to help their kids learn to play the piano quickly and easily.

The Pianolist: A Guide for Pianola Players

By Gustav KobbŽ
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  • Publisher : Library of Alexandria
  • Book Code : 1465604014
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I find a great feature of the so-called mechanical piano-player lies in what it allows you to do yourself. It provides you with technique, but, to use a colloquial phrase, "you can still call your soul your own." The technique, the substitute for that finger facility which only years of practice will give, is the pianola's; but the interpretation is yours! The instrument provides the devices for accelerating or retarding the time and for making the tone loud or soft, but when to whip up the time or to slow down, when to use the sustaining or the soft lever or when to swell through a crescendo from pianissimo to fortissimoÑall that is left to your own taste, judgment and discretion. There is, indeed, among the improvements introduced in the pianola a contrivance, of which more hereafter, by which complete directions are given for the interpretation of the roll of music that is being played. These directions, however, are not compulsory. They are, in each instance, based on high authority and are of great value even to persons who are thoroughly familiar with the music, but they need not be followed if the player does not want to follow them. He is likely in the beginning to accept the directions, the so-called metrostyle marking, as he would the instruction of a high class teacher, while, later on, he may incline to regard the metrostyle as indicating the general spirit in which the piece should be interpreted, but vary it in detail as his mood or fancy dictates. The metrostyle may, in fact, be called the pianolist's "coach," giving him the kind of hints and directions which even the greatest players and singers value. Something, however, of the pianolist himself, something of his own thought and feeling goes into every interpretation. That this is so is proved by the fact that no two pianolists interpret the same composition alike. There are differences, more or less marked, just as there are when the same piece is played by two pianists. In the broader outlines, in general spirit, the interpretations may be the same, but they will be distinguished by subtle shadings that indicate temperamental differences. The perspective of a landscape varies when viewed from different windows; so does life when observed from different points of view; so does the interpretation of a composition when played by different people on the pianola.

Natural Fingering

By Jon Verbalis
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  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Book Code : 0199720444
  • Total of Pages : 256
  • Category : Music
  • Members : 341
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Though incomplete at the time of his death in 1849, Chopin's Projet de méthode was nonetheless revolutionary in many respects. But with his Fundamental Pattern, Chopin announced the recognition, if not discovery, of the keyboard's extraordinary topographical symmetry and postulated a core formulation for a new "pianistic" pedagogy. More than a hundred years later the now-legendary Heinrich Neuhaus would passionately plead for this pedagogy and a pianism rooted in it. Natural Fingering explores this remarkable symmetry, significantly as it sheds light on fingering matters for the now vast catalogue of repertoire. It also examines the revolutionary impact of equal temperament on compositional key choice as well as the liberating influence of Charles Eschmann-Dumur's unique discoveries regarding symmetrical inversion. Author Jon Verbalis develops principles for a topographically-based fingering strategy that reflect a surprising compatibility of this fixed symmetrical organization with the most efficient biokinetic capabilities of the pianist's playing mechanism. He addresses previously neglected or overlooked technical aspects of pianism as they relate to movement in keyboard space generally as well as fingering specifically. Symmetrical fingerings for all the fundamental forms are presented in innovative, instructive format. The reader will also find an unusually extensive, in-depth discussion of double note challenges. Answering Neuhaus's call for the reappraisal of a certain pedagogical status quo, several chapters are devoted to the relevant implications of Chopin's Fundamental Pattern. The author also advances guidelines for a progressive implementation of natural fingering principles from the very start, as well as "retooling" for teachers and students alike. Of special note are the cross-hand major and minor scales for the earliest stages, in which the necessity of thumb under/hand over pivoting actions is eliminated. Natural Fingering is the first comprehensive discussion of fingering solutions for pianists since Hummel's monumental treatise of 1828. The book is complemented by a companion website, which serves as a supplement to the printed edition. The website features copious excerpts from the extant repertoire, extended discussions on relevant topics, and a comprehensive manual of the fundamental forms with symmetrically adjusted fingerings.

First 50 Classical Pieces You Should Play on the Piano

By Hal Leonard Corp.
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  • Publisher : Hal Leonard Corporation
  • Book Code : 1495013782
  • Total of Pages : 136
  • Category : Music
  • Members : 405
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(Easy Piano Songbook). A great collection of 50 must-know classics for all pianists, including: Arabesque, Op. 100, No. 2 * Ave Maria * Can Can * Canon in D * Clair de Lune * Eine Kleine Nachtmusik * Fur Elise * Hallelujah Chorus * Hungarian Dance No. 5 * La Fille Aux Cheveux De Lin (The Girl with the Flaxen Hair) * Largo from Symphony No. 9 ("New World") * Meditation * Minuet in G * Ode to Joy * Pavane Pour Une Infante Defunte * Pomp and Circumstance * Sonata No. 11 in a Major, K 331, Third Movement ("Rondo Alla Turca") * The Surprise Symphony * Waltz in a Minor * William Tell Overture * and more. Each arrangement is simple and streamlined, yet still captures the essence of the tune!

Dreams of Love

By Ivan Raykoff
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  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Book Code : 0199892687
  • Total of Pages : 352
  • Category : Music
  • Members : 298
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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 contemporary media technologies build upon practices established during the early nineteenth century: the influence of the piano keyboard on early telegraphs and typewriters, the invention of the solo recital alongside developments in photography, and the ways that piano design and the placement of the instrument on stage structure our viewing-listening perspectives. The concept of technology can be broadened to include the performance of gender and sexuality as further ways of making the pianist into an attractive cultural figure. The book's three sections deal with the touch, sights, and sounds of the Romantic pianist's playing as mediated through various forms of technology. Analyzing these persistent Liebesträume and exploring how they function can reveal their meaning for performers, audiences, and music lovers of the past and present too.