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Natural Fingering: A Topographical Approach to Pianism (Hardback)
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Natural Fingering: A Topographical Approach to Pianism (Hardback)

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Hardback 276 Pages / Published: 31/05/2012
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Though incomplete at the time of his death in 1849, Chopin's Projet de methode 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. Principles for a topographically-based fingering strategy are developed that reflect a surprising compatibility of this fixed symmetrical organization with the most efficient biokinetic capabilities of the pianist's playing mechanism. Previously neglected or overlooked technical aspects of pianism are addressed 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 where readers can access excerpts from the repertoire with fingering solutions, read extended discussions, and download comprehensive lists of scales with appropriate fingerings.

Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
ISBN: 9780195181845
Number of pages: 276
Weight: 892 g
Dimensions: 284 x 222 x 20 mm


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Jon Verbalis has contributed an original and thought-provoking addition to the literature of piano pedagogy. Natural Fingering is an indispensable guidebook of primary importance to piano teachers, students, and piano music lovers of all levels. As a guidebook to the choreography of the hand, it is simply unsurpassed and all-encompassing in scope. * Sara Davis Buechner, concert pianist *
This book is a search not so much for fingerings as for overriding principles of fingering. Some of Verbalis's conclusions will help codify what the hand" already knows; others pose intriguing challenges to unexamined convention. * Joseph Smith, pianist, writer, anthologist *
An intriguing journey through a treasure trove for teacher, student and performer. Written with insight and clarity, this volume speaks, first and foremost, to the musician in each. * Ernest Ragogini, DMA, Concert pianist, Professor of Music at Notre Dame of Maryland University *

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