Brain and Ear
Hand & Wrist
Great Lived pianists
Great Piano Literatures
"The Art of Piano Playing" by
Heinrich Neuhaus was a teacher in Moscow until his death in
1964. He was the teacher of the great pianists Sviatoslav Richter, Emil Gilels,
Radu lupu and many others. He is the Author of the celebrated book "The Art
of piano Playing", translated in 16 different languages.
His students, of all nationalities, are
scattered around the whole world: United States, France, Italy,
Germany, Switzerland, Israel, Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia, Hungary,
"If you love the piano, this book is
almost as important as a good edition of the Beethoven sonatas and the
Well-Tempered Clavier. A student of Leopold Godowsky and the teacher of
Richter and Gilels, Mr. Neuhaus put together a very inspiring, almost
revelatory book on the loftier spiritual and intellectual aspects of
playing the piano."
"This book is simply
outstanding. It should in fact be standard reading for all piano
students and professionals alike, and even to some extent qualifies as a
reference on artistic piano playing. It is excellently well written,
entertaining, funny, inspiring, and very educational. It is well worth
reading many times, since the profundity of some of the advice given
actually needs digestion and experimentation at the piano to fully
"On Piano Playing : Motion, Sound, and Expression" by Gyorgy Sandor.
book is in three parts. The first
discusses the facts of the piano mechanism and what can and can't be
done at the piano. The second part introduces Mr. Sandor's own notation
for marking up scores in relation to technique. The third part of the
book is about taking these techniques and applying them in making music.
This is an exceptionally useful book on piano playing and is one
of the few books on piano technique which deals with factual, objective,
anatomic, physiological and cognitive issues rather than with subjective
views based on personal experience and opinion.
Mr. Sandor was a student of Bartok and is an award-winning concert
pianist, a virtuoso and has helped many gifted pianists develop virtuoso
technique over the years. The writing in the book is simple and clear.
The book is organized quite logically.
"Abby Whiteside on
piano playing"-- Indispensables of Piano Playing & Mastering
the Chopin Etudes and Other Essays.
pedagogue Abby Whiteside(1881-1956) influenced generations of pianists
in America and elsewhere, Whiteside's pioneering approach to piano
technique stood apart from the mainstream of piano teaching in here day,
and here ideas remain essential to piano pedagogy even now".
contribution is enormous, Here holistic approach to technique and music
making calls for matching a centrally controlled physical continuity to
an intense heard mapping of the basic undulating impetus of music.
Starting with the whole, she brilliantly fits in the details. Forth
years later, there ideas are just as original, modern and rewarding as
ever. What a joy it is to see them available to the present generation
of serious pianists and students."
"Famous Pianists & Their
Technique" - by Reginald R. Gerig
...Virtually every renowned
pianist had some thoughts on the matter (technique);
Those who did not write such thoughts down at lease
discussed them with those who did.
Reginald Gerig has drawn
together these writings and incorporated them
chronologically and geographically in Famous pianists
and their technique. Here are summaries and little
known excerpts from the works of C.P.E. Bach, Bartok,
Bauer, Beethoven, Brahms, Breithaupt, Cage,
Chopin, Czerny, Debussy,Deppe, Fay, Godowsky, Horowitz,
Hummel, Levinskaya, Leschetizky, the Lheninnes, LIszt,
Long, Matthay, Mozart, Ortmann, Prokofiev, Ravel,
Rubinstein, Schubert, The Schumanns, Schutz, Townsend,
Virgil, Whiteside, and others - as well as the
adventures of the less deservedly famous.
Rich in the
original material, this book will help student and
teacher to gain perspective in technical development. It
adds a valuable dimension to music literature in its
highly readable interpretations of thoughts on touching
the keyboard through the centuries. In his large
bibliography, Gerig directs the reader to original
and often obscure or un-expected sources.
Famous Pianists and
Their Technique is unique in piano literature, and
is a valuable source book for the inquiring student of
"Basic Principles n
Pianoforte Playing" by Josef Lhevinne
book has a wealth of information. It is a both scholarly
and concise read, with musical terminology and examples
to please serious pianists, but written in a style that
is helpful to amateurs as well. Its shorter length and
lower price make it an ideal study tool for high school
and college piano students.
"Josef Lhevinne has done an outstanding job in
Basic Principles in Pianoforte playing . He covers many useful
topics such as sight-reading, rhythm, practice, using
the pedal, legato, but the majority of this book is
devoted to the secret of a beautiful tone. "
Technique -- by Gieseking and Leimer
Leimer-Gieseking book is an attempt at
presenting a philosophy behind their science.
Namely, "practice with your head, not fingers;
develop your inner hearing; study your scores
mentally, not at the piano; cultivate your
imagination of the sound-picture; visualize the
physical act of playing, complementing the
mental picture with a full-blooded image of the
This book gives
reference to the absolutely essential variety of
touches required in piano technique and also
speaks extensively on visualization.
Notebooks and Conversations"
"Through out a life
dedicated to music, Richter maintained a stubborn silence a bout his own
ideals and aspirations. Here at last he opens up his heart, both in an
exceptional interview, and in his private musical Journals."
"The pianist's personal
Journals, kept for near thirth years, constitute an unparalleled witness
to the music of our time. He notes with precision, humour and clarith
his reaction to concerts, operas, fellow musicians - even his own
recordings. Richter is uninhibitedly himself. These are the private
thoughts of a nonconformist, one of the greatest performers of the
century, yet one whose life was bound inextricably to the history of the
"Chopin: pianist and teacher as seen by his pupils"
by Jean-Jacques Eigeldinger.
This book is a unique
collection of documents, they are devided into two
categories: those concerning technique and style and
those concerning the interpretation of Chopin's works.
material presents Chopin's essay " sketch for a mothod"
as well as annotated sc ores belonging to Chopin's
pupils and acquaintances, and personal accounts of
Chopin's playing as experienced by his contemporaries:
composers and pianists, pupils and friends, writers and
critics. The statements of Chopin's own students in
diaries, letters and reminiscences, written, dictated or
conveyed by word of mouth, profvide the bulk of these
Through the book
Professor Eigeldinger's detailed annotations, both
critical and explanatory, add a valuable scholarly
dimension, creating an indespensable guide to the
authentic performance of Chopin's piano works.
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