Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Piano Mastery Talks - Reading Together - Pugno


"As the ear is of such prime importance in music, great attention should be paid to tone study—to listening to and distinguishing the various sounds, and to singing them if possible, in solfeggio."
(page 83, Kindle Edition)

"Hear all the music you can—do not miss any of the pianists either good or bad; there is always something to be learned, even from a poor player—if it is only what to avoid!"
(page 87, Kindle Edition)

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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Piano Mastery Talks - Reading Together - Bauer


"The only sense in which the word 'even' may be applied to a scale is for its rhythmic quality; but even in this sense a beautiful scale has slight variations, so that it is never absolutely regular, either in tone or rhythm."
(page 77, Kindle Edition)

"Don't you see how impossible it is to give two performances of the piece which shall be identical in every particular? It is possible for a machine to make any number of repetitions which are alike, but a human, with active thought and emotion, has a broader outlook."
(page 78, Kindle Edition)

"The quality and degree of power are due to contrast, and the choice of the degree to be used lies with the player's understanding of the content of the piece and his ability to bring out this content and place it in all its perfection and beauty before the listener."
(page 80, Kindle Edition)

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Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Piano Mastery Talks - Reading Together - Matthay


"Never touch the piano without trying to make music."
(page 71, Kindle Edition)

"Teaching does not consist merely in pointing out faults; the teacher must make clear the cause of each fault and the way to correct it."
(page 72, Kindle Edition)

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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Piano Mastery Talks - Reading Together - Hambourg


"The principal requirement is, first of all, a loose wrist."
(page 64, Kindle Edition)

"No matter how much the player may feel the meaning of the music, he cannot express this meaning with stiff wrists and arms."
(page 64, Kindle Edition)

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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Piano Mastery Talks - Reading Together - Goodson


"You ask how I memorize. First I go over the work several times to get a general idea of the whole. Then I analyze it, for I feel it absolutely necessary to know keys, chords, and construction. A work should be so well understood along these lines that it can be played in another key as well as in the one in which it is written."
(page 59, Kindle Edition)

"I believe in a perfectly easy and natural position of hand at the keyboard. When this is the case the finger-tips form a curve, the middle fingers being placed a little farther in on the keys than is natural for the first and fifth."
(page 60, Kindle Edition)

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