Tag Archives: Seymour Bernstein

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

Should a teacher demonstrate phrasing and interpretation for a student?

I asked a few piano teachers and a harpsichordist if they felt playing passages, phrases for a student was a viable way to teach, and why? Seymour Bernstein, author, With Your Own Two Hands, rendered a riveting opinion: “I have … Continue reading

Posted in classissima, classissima.com, Elaine Comparone, harpsichord, Jeffrey Biegel, Journal of a Piano Teacher from New York to California, piano, piano lesson, piano pedagogy, piano teaching, Rada Bukhman, Seymour Bernstein, styles of piano teaching, word press, word press.com, wordpress, wordpress.com, you tube, you tube video, youtube.com | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Seymour Bernstein’s riveting statement about the piano competition environment and what changes are needed

“Are all of you listening to one spectacular young pianist after another? (Cliburn Competition in progress) “Why should they have to be placed in the position of competing against one another, and facing the possibility of being rejected by a … Continue reading

Posted in Journal of a Piano Teacher from New York to California, piano competitions, Seymour Bernstein, shirley smith, Shirley Smith Kirsten, Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, Van Cliburn piano competition | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

Photo memories of my December 2012 trip to NYC

A native New Yorker, I rarely found myself at the Statue of Liberty, but yes, to Central Park, and gentle walks though Fall and Spring paths. My last visit to the home land, was this past December when I sauntered … Continue reading

Posted in Central Park, FAO Schwarz, shirley smith kirsten blog, Shirley Smth Kirsten, Verdi Square, word press | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Two musical Eulogies for Newtown’s fallen

Two musical offerings are grief-filled expressions of enduring loss in Newtown, Connecticut. Continue reading

Posted in classical era music, Franz Joseph Haydn, Kreisleriana no. 6 by Robert Schumann, Newton Connecticut, piano, piano addict, Robert Schumann, Romantic era music, Sandy Hook Elementary School, Shirley Kirsten, Shirley Smith Kirsten, tragedy at Sandy Hook elementary school, whole body listening, whole body music listening, word press, word press.com, wordpress, wordpress.com, you tube, you tube video, you tube.com, yout tube, youtube.com | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Gold Standard in piano playing (Sokolov IS a legend in his own time)

I was greeted by two e-mails yesterday that bore links to Grigory Sokolov’s digitized recital at the Theatre des Champs Elysee in Paris. (2002) The communication from Seymour Bernstein read as follows: “Stop whatever you are doing! You are about … Continue reading

Posted in classissima, classissima.com, Grigori Sokolov is a legendary pianist, Grigori Sokolov pianist, Journal of a Piano Teacher from New York to California, piano, Seymour Bernstein pianist, Shirley Kirsten, Shirley Smith Kirsten, Sokolov at Theatre des Champs Elysees 2002, word press, word press.com, you tube, you tube.com | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Fingering snarls in Mozart’s Allegretto, Sonata in C, K. 545 and suggested remedies from the experts

We all have our nemesis. The last measures (68-73) of Mozart’s rondo: Allegretto, K. 545, Sonata in C Major, have ensnared me, barring smooth passage to final cadence. For others the journey is uneventful. Who knows? Size of hands, finger … Continue reading

Posted in Beth Levin, Elaine Comparone, fingering choices and pianists, Irina Morozova pianist, Mozart, Mozart Allegretto K. 545, Seymour Bernstein, Uncategorized, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Playing Bach on the piano: pedal or no pedal

Decisions, decisions about whether to pedal through Bach’s ethereal Prelude no. 1 in C Major,
BWV 846 (The Well-Tempered Clavier) Continue reading

Posted in Andras Schiff, Bach Prelude in C BWV 846, Elaine Comparone, Harpsichord Unlimited, Harpsichord.org, piano, playing Bach with pedal, playing Bach without pedal, playing the piano, The Well Tempered Clavier, word press, word press.com, wordpress, wordpress.com, you tube video, you tube.com, yout tube, youtube.com | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

My NYC visit with Seymour Bernstein, pianist, teacher, author and composer

Seymour Bernstein is about to add a movie to his list of artistic conquests. A documentary produced and directed by Ethan Hawke is in progress, and who knows, it might land an Oscar. Seymour is so multi-talented that it’s difficult … Continue reading

Posted in Bach, J.S. Bach, Mozart, piano, Seymour Bernstein | Tagged , , , , , , | 6 Comments

Piano Technique: The dipping wrist, and how it defies convention (Videos)

One of my adult students echoed a belief that has resonated for generations in piano studios across the country, if not the world. The OLD school of thought was that you played piano with a rigid, arched hand, and if … Continue reading

Posted in "Tales of a Musical Journey", El Cerrito, El Cerrito piano lessons, Ena Bronstein, Ethel Elfenbein, Irina Gorin, Irina Morozova, Journal of a Piano Teacher from New York to California, pianist, piano, piano technique, playing piano, POWHOW, Seymour Bernstein, Shirley Kirsten, Shirley Smith Kirsten, supple wrist in piano playing, undulating wrist in piano playing, You and the Piano Seymour Bernstein, You and the PIano Seymour Bernstein on You Tube, you tube, you tube video, yout tube, youtube.com | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments