The Pianist's Craft: Mastering the Works of Great Composers (Hardback)
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The Pianist's Craft: Mastering the Works of Great Composers (Hardback)

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Hardback 304 Pages / Published: 21/12/2011
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In The Pianist's Craft, Richard Anderson collects from his fellow pianist-scholars 18 articles on the teaching, preparation, and performance of works by the greatest composers in the standard piano repertoire. The contributors-all recognized nationally and internationally for their contributions as performing artists, teachers, recording artists, and clinicians-write thoughtfully about the composers whose work they have studied and played for years, examining questions of phrasing, tempo, articulation, dynamics, rhythm, color, gesture, lyricism, instrumentation, and genre. The Pianist's Craft is intended for teachers and students of the intermediate and advanced levels of piano, instructors and performers at the university level, and those who love piano and piano music generally.

Publisher: Scarecrow Press
ISBN: 9780810882058
Number of pages: 304
Weight: 590 g
Dimensions: 241 x 162 x 25 mm


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Each of this collection's 19 essays--all written by concert pianists, recording artists, college professors, scholars, mostly from the US but a few with international credentials--deals with the music of a single famous composer. Anderson (Brigham Young Univ.) did not impose a particular format for the essays and so they vary significantly in length and the depth with which the contributors discuss their assigned composer. Though each essay provides interesting information on the performance practices for the composer (tempi, phrasing, articulation, rhythm, and so on) and an overall survey of the composer's output, essays by Susan Duehlmeier (on Franz Shubert), Barbara Nissman (Sergei Prokofiev), and Jeffrey Jacob (George Crumb) rise above the rest. Louis Nagel's contribution proved to be the most fun, with the question and answer format so closely connected to the writings and music of Robert Schumann, the subject of his essay. The 250 musical illustrations throughout the essays are helpful in clarifying the concepts presented. The audience for this book is those who already have significant piano background and who might gain from the master-teacher experience and knowledge of these writers on their specialty. Summing Up: Recommended. * CHOICE *
The Pianist's Craft is a collection of 19 essays discussing the teaching, preparation, and performance of some of the most accomplished piano composers. Included are works by Bach, Haydn, Gershwin, Brahms, Liszt, and Chopin. The contributors are all recognized contributors to piano composition and include artists, teachers, recording artists, and clinicians. They discuss in depth such topics as the composer's tempo, articulation, dynamics, lyricism, and instrumentation. This book is meant for those studying piano at the advanced level, including pianists, instructors, and music scholars. * American Reference Books Annual *
The book is a wonderful resource for teachers and students at the intermediate to advanced level of performance. Each chapter is devoted to a single composer; one author writes about the preparation, teaching and performing of that composer's works with regard to tempo, articulation, dynamics, ornamentation, repetitions and pedaling. More that 250 musical examples are included in the book. Additionally, unique influences on each composer are discovered, creating better understanding and interpretation of the music One will be grateful for the advice given on how to approach the technical demands found in the compositions of Rachmanioff and Scriabin and will be rewarded with information satisfying one's curiosity about Scriabin's synesthesia ...an imperative read, and an indispensable aid to the pianist * American Music Teacher *
Although most of the authors focus on the advanced literature, many of the fine ideas can be applied to the intermediate-level teaching repertoire. This book would be most helpful for experienced teachers or performers wishing to expand their understanding of the keyboard repertoire under the guidance of expert scholars and master teachers. * Clavier Companion *

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