Monthly Archives: November 2014

Practicing J.S. Bach’s Gigue from French Suite No. 5 in G, BWV 816

My “block-headed” journeys continue. They take me through landscapes of chordal outlines solidifying my learning. In J.S. Bach’s A minor Invention 13 I’d recently absorbed organized clusters of notes in my palms as they moved in harmonic rhythm, while featherweight … Continue reading

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Piano Technique: Be a Blockhead when learning Bach

Blocking techniques can help to solidify tricky passages in Bach’s A minor Invention (13), especially if intelligent decisions are made about landscaping broken chords with thumb shifts weaving through them. Examining measures 9 through 13 for example, I devised a … Continue reading

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J.S. Bach, the piano, harpsichord and early music tunings

Elaine Comparone, a well-regarded harpsichordist rendered a dance movement from J.S. Bach’s French Suite No. 5 in G, (BWV 816) that I’d performed on the pianoforte. In the Loure, (written in G Major) I was immediately struck by a pitch … Continue reading

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Emma Leiuman, pianist, shares thoughts on sound imagination and tone production

In the midst of a heated Internet-driven controversy that surrounds playing a single note at the piano, Emma Leiuman explores “sound imagination” wedded to fluid physical motions that expand ideas about the universe of expressive piano playing. In a detailed … Continue reading

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Mac, me and Mozart: a continuing 4-hand journey

I haven’t mastered the split screen on iMovie 11, but I decided to aim my camcorder at Mac and Steinway to get the same effect. Basically I recorded Primo first and on playback added Secondo to Mozart’s final 4-hand movement, … Continue reading

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When two hands play a 4-hand Mozart Sonata

Last night, I challenged myself to have a double duo identity. I separately recorded the bass and treble parts of Mozart’s Sonata No. 1, K. 318, scored for 4-hands at one piano. Logistics-wise, I had to decide which part to … Continue reading

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Playing J.S. Bach: Sing, Shape, and Phrase—it’s not rocket science

Having been submerged for 48 hours in mega-science minded theories of playing the piano, I managed to E-merge as the piano teacher I knew before the deluge–refusing to believe that my fingers are throwing hammers at the strings, or obeying … Continue reading

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