Tag Archives: Robert Schumann

Arrived! Big Apple energy abounds!

A bleary-eyed, overnight jet traveler, I was instantly re-charged upon my early morning arrival at Kennedy. The City never sleeps. Avoiding the Sky train maze, I jumped the shuttle bus, belted in and felt the bumpy ride of ensnaring traffic … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Simone Dinnerstein at Dewing Recital Hall: A Crusade for a better piano

Simone Dinnerstein, Pianist Friday, Jan.31, 2014 DEWING RECITAL HALL Mills College Oakland, California *** It’s sad that what’s most memorable about a concert is a piano not performing satisfactorily for a gifted, invited performer. Simone Dinnerstein, known for her self-funded … Continue reading

Posted in classissima.com, Kinderszene by Schumann, Kinderszenen by Schumann, Oakland California, piano addict, wordpress.com | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Piano Instruction: Spinning Long Melodic lines in Romantic era music (Videos)

I’m about to fly off to a Skype lesson in UK, but while grounded here in Berkeley, I want to share epiphanies about spinning long melodic lines in the Romantic era genre. Using Schumann’s supposedly less complex “Melody” from his … Continue reading

Posted in Piano Street | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Shaping a melodic line through chord blocking (Schumann Little Etude no. 14)

To block out sonorities that spring from spun out, undulating broken chords, can provide a peak learning experience. In a baby-step advance, especially, where finding a melodic thread, may consist of a one-hand alone approach at first, the pleasure to … Continue reading

Posted in com, functional harmony, harmonic rhythm, Journal of a Piano, Journal of a Piano Teacher from New York to California, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

A fusion of art and music in The Magic Link: Piano Albums by Schumann and Tchaikovsky

Rada Bukhman, pianist, teacher, and fine artist, brings a wealth of talent to her latest undertaking. Her “infinite love affair between music and fine art” is the springboard for a journey through the related compositions of Robert Schumann and Pyotr … Continue reading

Posted in classissima.com | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Comparing tempos and interpretation, Schumann’s Kinderszenen, Op. 15, no. 1

“Of Foreign Lands and People,” is the lyrical opener to Schumann’s Kinderszenen, Op. 15 (“Scenes from Childhood,”) but the composer’s metronome marking, 108 to the quarter, makes it a challenge to spin poetic lines, though Seymour Bernstein rises to the … Continue reading

Posted in Journal of a Piano Teacher from New York to California, Kinderszenen, wordpress.com, you tube video, you tube.com, yout tube, youtube, youtube.com | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Intermediate Level Piano Repertoire: Album for the Young by Robert Schumann

I took a musical journey down memory lane yesterday, rekindling scenes of childhood as I read through a set of “old” Romantic era compositions. These weren’t Robert Schumann’s illustrious KINDERSZENEN, but colorful character pieces wrapped into the composer’s Album for … Continue reading

Posted in Album for the Young by Robert Schumann, classissima, classissima.com, Intermediate level piano repertoire, piano, piano instruction, piano lessons, piano teacher, Robert Schumann, Romantic era piano music, Schumann, wordpress, wordpress.com, youtube, youtube.com | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments