Category Archives: Romantic era piano repertoire

What’s Frightening about Schumann’s “Frightening? ” (Kinderszenen, Op. 15, no. 11)

What convinces most pianists that Schumann’s “Furchtenmachen” (Frightening) is an expression of fear or perhaps more specifically anxiety, are the markedly impulsive sections that contrast with lyrical, reflective ones. And not to be overlooked, are the interjections of syncopated SF’s … Continue reading

Posted in classissima, classissima.com, piano, piano blog, piano blogging, Robert Schumann, Romantic era piano repertoire, Schumann, Shirley Kirsten | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Piano Technique: Burgmuller’s Tarentelle, Op. 100-Fueling and shaping fast passages with a dipping, supple wrist (Videos)

Most piano students will have been assigned a Burgmuller selection or two during their formative years of study. And most likely, these would have been snatched from the composer’s Twenty-Five Progressive Pieces, Op. 100 that advance by steps in difficulty, … Continue reading

Posted in piano, music, pianist, Shirley Kirsten, you tube, piano instruction, word press, piano technique, wordpress.com, piano lesson, you tube video, New York City High School of Performing Arts, piano student, pianoworld.com, technique, pianoworld, Steinway M grand piano, Shirley Kirsten blog, piano pedagogy, Shirley Smith Kirsten, music teachers association of california, piano addict, Romantic era music, Twenty five Progressive pieces by Burgmuller, piano repertoire, teaching piano to teenagers, music and heart, classissima.com, Oberlin Conservatory, piano practicing, classissima, piano lessons, piano instructor, Burgmuller Inquietude, teaching piano, teaching piano to children, slow piano practicing, piano playing and relaxation, slow mindful practicing, piano teaching, studying piano, piano playing and breathing, piano playing and phrasing, The art of phrasing at the piano, practicing difficult piano passages, teaching a piano student about melody, Burgmuller "La Chasse", Burgmuller The Chase, teaching piano to adults, piano teachers, Romantic era piano repertoire, shirley smith kirsten blog, swinging arms in playing piano, piano technique and the singing tone, piano world-wide, shirley s kirsten, playing the piano, piano blog, piano blogging, playing the piano with a singing tone, piano study, piano blogs, word press.com, wordpress, supple wrist in piano playing, piano playing, practicing piano with relaxation, playing piano with expression, video instruction, Romantic era piano music, Burgmuller's Op. 100 Twenty-Five Progressive Pieces, Friedrich Burgmuller, Burgmuller Pastorale Op. 100, Burgmuller pastorale, Burgmuller Tarentelle | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Practicing knotty piano passages, and tips on how to avoid fatigue while boosting technique (Videos)

At my You Tube Channel site, I routinely pick up comments daily, and the majority center on piano technique. While I lay no claim to being an expert in this complex universe, my trial and error practicing over decades has … Continue reading

Posted in Baroque era music, Chopin, Chopin Nocturne in F Major Op. 15 No. 1, classissima, classissima.com, harmonic analysis, harmonic rhythm, how to boos piano technique, Martha Argerich, pianist, pianists, piano, piano instruction, piano instructor, piano lesson, piano lessons, piano lessons and parental support, piano masterclasses, piano pedagogy, piano playing and breathing, piano playing and phrasing, piano playing and relaxation, piano practicing, piano repertoire, piano repertoire for intermediate level students, piano student, piano students who drop out, piano studio, piano teacher, piano teachers, piano teaching, piano teaching repertoire, piano technique, piano technique and the singing tone, piano tutorial, piano world-wide, Pianostreet.com, pianoworld, pianoworld.com, playing piano, playing the piano, publishers marketplace, publishersmarketplace, publishersmarketplace.com, Romantic era music, Romantic era piano repertoire, Romantic music, Scarlatti Sonatas, Scarlatti Toccata in d minor k. 141, Seymour Bernstein, Shirley Kirsten, Shirley Kirsten blog, shirley s kirsten, Shirley Smith Kirsten, shirley smith kirsten blog, Steinway M grand piano, Steinway piano, Teach Street, teaching piano, trills, Twenty five Progressive pieces by Burgmuller, videotaping a piano performance and self analysis, videotaping at piano lessons, whole body listening, whole body music listening, With your own Two Hands by Seymour Bernstein, word press, wordpress.com, You and the Piano Seymour Bernstein, You and the PIano Seymour Bernstein on You Tube, you tube, you tube video | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

A long distance Chopin Nocturne Makeover that might help others

It’s amazing that at 3 a.m. in the morning, I’d be fussing around with the Chopin Nocturne in E minor (Op. 72, No. 1) that I’d previously embedded in a blog about revisiting old repertoire. Either my kind neighbors love … Continue reading

Posted in Chopin Nocturne in E minor Op. 72 no. 1, Chopin Nocturnes, interpretation of Romantic era repertoire, Morey Amsterdam, Oscar Levant, pianist, pianists, piano, piano addict, piano instruction, piano instructor, piano lesson, Romantic era piano repertoire, Shirley Kirsten, Shirley Kirsten blog, Shirley Smith Kirsten, shirley smith kirsten blog, With your own Two Hands by Seymour Bernstein, word press, wordpress.com, you tube, you tube video | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment