Monthly Archives: September 2013

The value and application of slow piano practicing

Angela Hewitt boldly emphasizes the importance of slow practicing in this brief video segment. She states that everything you do behind tempo should be molded into a faster reading as to phrasing, dynamics, etc. And it goes without saying that … Continue reading

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The divine musical comedy of Sid Caesar

Most people associate Victor Borge with comedic antics at the piano, but few know of Sid Caesar’s artistry at the grand in pantomime. A devotee of TV’sYour Show of Shows, starring Sid, Imogene Coca, Carl Reiner, and Howard Morris, I … Continue reading

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Pure poetry: Where elephants and pianos go

Mitzi Simpson, an Australian Facebook friend, shared the essence of beauty wrapped into this metaphorical writing. From: http://www.terrain.org/articles/27/cotter.htm Sanctuary of Ruin: Touring Western Australia’s Piano Graveyard by Jason Cotter Image Gallery: Ruined Piano Sanctuary at Wambyn Olive Farm, Western Australia … Continue reading

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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

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Piano Study: Learning in deep layers and loving it

Deep-layered learning should occur at all levels of piano study because it enriches the music-making experience. Taking shortcuts, and constantly reading through a composition, skimming the surface, deprive the player of being in touch with himself and the composer at … Continue reading

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About Coffee, Cats, and Non-legato

This blog mishmosh is as ridiculous as Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, a best-selling children’s book title, though it’s the perfect segue way to an unmatched set of events that transpired yesterday in Berkeley. Coffee was my first preoccupation … Continue reading

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Piano technique is about flexibility not finger strength

I remember my days at the Oberlin Conservatory pumping out meaningless Schmitt finger exercises, often holding notes down, while a selected persecuted finger had to brave the pain is gain ritual. (tap, tap, tap, tap, and move on to the … Continue reading

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