Mastering Piano Artistry-Each Note is a Jewel/Star

‘Each note in a composition should be polished until it is as perfect as a jewel…those wonderful scintillating, ever-changing orbs of light.  In a really great masterpiece each note has its place just as the stars, the jewels of heaven, have their places in their constellations.  When a star moves it moves in an orbit that was created by nature. Great musical masterpieces owe their … Continue reading Mastering Piano Artistry-Each Note is a Jewel/Star

 Frédéric François Chopin the Artist

Chopin comes before us, then, as a man of extremely complex make-up, and there is no easy solution to the problems which his personality and the music through which it was expressed present to his modern interpreter.  One can only approach him by sweeping aside the clutter of trivial romantic legend which has accumulated around his name and his works.  When all the sentimentality, pathos, … Continue reading  Frédéric François Chopin the Artist

Toccata BWV 915 by Johann Sebastian Bach

Originally posted on The Art of Piano Performance:
Toccata BWV 915 The toccata an extensive piece intended primarily as a display of manual dexterity written for keyboard instruments reached its apex with Johann Sebastian Bach in the eighteenth century. Johann Sebastian Bach’s seven Toccatas incorporate rapid runs and arpeggios alternating with chordal passages, slow adagios and at least one or sometimes two fugues. The Toccatas… Continue reading Toccata BWV 915 by Johann Sebastian Bach

A Brief Guide to Baroque Performance Practice

Originally posted on Take Note:
By Jacy Burroughs The Baroque period is defined as the advent of opera to the death of Bach, which was roughly 1600-1750. Each period of classical music is characterized by its own styles, techniques, and musical characteristics. While most people do not have the option to play on historically accurate instruments, it is still important to work toward historically informed… Continue reading A Brief Guide to Baroque Performance Practice

Virtuosity & Piano Artistry

In the sphere of piano performance or piano artistry there are few human activities where the necessity for extraordinary physical prowess is so closely aligned with the greatest intellectual and emotional capacities. The virtuoso must possess a memory capable of maintaining thousands of pages of music in the mind and fingers, under the stress and distractions of public performance; the virtuoso must be cultured and … Continue reading Virtuosity & Piano Artistry

Attributes & Depth Required to Interpret Chopin

A capricious, even morbid, temperament is demanded, and there must be the fire that kindles and the power that menaces; a fluctuating, wavering rhythm yet a rhythmic sense of excessive rectitude; a sensuous touch, yet a touch that contains an infinity of coloring; supreme musicianship-Chopin was a musician first, poet afterwards; a big nature overflowing with milk and honey; and, last of all, you must … Continue reading Attributes & Depth Required to Interpret Chopin

Ludwig van Beethoven Manuscript

Pedaling the Moonlight Sonata

Pedaling the Moonlight Sonata. Continue reading Pedaling the Moonlight Sonata