Pianists are expected to perform on stage without music. It's a controversial area worth probing.
Musical silences spring to life in a rare and beautiful performance of C.P.E Bach's G Major Keyboard Sonata.
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 length, state of mind, and lack of sleep, might be variables. But more often than… Continue reading Fingering snarls in Mozart’s Allegretto, Sonata in C, K. 545 and suggested remedies from the experts
Decisions, decisions about whether to pedal through Bach's ethereal Prelude no. 1 in C Major, BWV 846 (The Well-Tempered Clavier)
The colors are splendid in a royal procession of well-maintained harpsichords. THREE reside in Elaine Comparone's West Side musical sanctuary. They are at the service of her Majesty, the Queen. (She leads a chamber group known as The Queen's Chamber Band which is Harpsichord Unlimited's featured attraction) The nonprofit organization keeps harpsichords in the limelight… Continue reading A Visit with Elaine Comparone at her Harpsichord Palace in New York City
How do we make decisions about the time frame reference of Bach's music?
Should Bach be played on the harpsichord or piano? The discussion between fervent partisans can get ugly and come to blows! So let's go ringside!
Claudia, age 6 playing a duet with me I recall Elaine Comparone, the renowned harpsichordist having described a student she had mentored for 35 years before a move cut short a lasting musical relationship. "She was the real deal," the musician insisted. Seymour Bernstein, author, With Your Own Two Hands, often shared the joy of… Continue reading The joy and value of teaching a piano student over many years
While the study of two musical instruments is time-consuming, it can reap benefits in widening a student's horizons. If a pupil plays only piano for years on end he may deny himself the rich experience of participating in an orchestra or small ensemble. And while it's true that some pianists manage to grab a score… Continue reading The value of studying the piano and a second musical instrument
Elaine Comparone is a champion of the harpsichord like no other. Not only does she play with "red-blooded" passion sweeping it off its mantle of obscurity, but her nonprofit organization Harpsichord Unlimited is dedicated to stimulating interest in the instrument as a living, breathing, contemporary musical communicator. Its museum portrait is a thing of the… Continue reading The Harpsichord has a new lease on life! Elaine Comparone is its biggest advocate!