Monthly Archives: December 2012

Learning a J.S. Bach Invention requires an understanding of right-side-up, upside down, inside out, and other relationships

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Originally posted on Arioso7's Blog (Shirley Kirsten):
Pearly words of wisdom flowed so naturally from the pen of Irina Morozova, a concert pianist and teacher, who responded graciously to my set of pointed questions. As introduction, she’s a Mannes…

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Knee-jerk technology brings the keyboard closer to an Online piano student

By reassigning a web cam to my knee, I was able to assist a student with a nagging measure. Continue reading

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Piano Learning and Technique: The Value of practicing in SLOW motion or behind tempo

On one of the piano forums, students, teachers, amateurs and professionals are debating the value of slow practicing in developing performance fluency. Some insist that motor movements enlisted in slow motion are different from those employed in a brisker tempo, … Continue reading

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Originally posted on Arioso7's Blog (Shirley Kirsten):
When it comes right down to it, musicians “sing” through their instruments, and pianists with generous polyphonic resources (many voices) will find the melody and flesh it out as the tour de…

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Originally posted on Arioso7's Blog (Shirley Kirsten):
I was deeply moved to have discovered the Marble Hill Reunion site which inspired my own cherished memories of the projects in the Bronx where I romped during my childhood and early…

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Originally posted on Arioso7's Blog (Shirley Kirsten):
An old cardboard box that yielded my New York City High of Performing Arts Yearbook and a flood of memories, revealed my portrait. I looked innocent enough, with a riveting quote beneath:…

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Revisiting Bach’s Fugue form (BWV 847 in C minor)

Bach’s Fugue in C minor, BWV 847 is analyzed and taught Continue reading

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A J.S. Bach Little Prelude: Making decisions about phrasing and articulation

The Urtext (original) editions of Bach’s keyboard music offer sparse directions about phrasing/articulation, (groupings of notes) so the player has to make important decisions that reflect a Baroque style. But what are the guidelines in a process that has an … Continue reading

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Patrick Schmidt sparks an East Bay Cultural Renaissance in the Meet-up Universe!

Everyone loves a self-starter–a wide-eyed visionary who transforms dreams into reality. Patrick Schmidt comes quickly to mind, immersed in his universe of mult-media explorations but always reaching out to an “international” community of creative spirits. Here’s how he describes himself: … Continue reading

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