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“Great pianists speak about imagination and the singing approach”

https://youtu.be/hnIjGICvfAU I'm grateful to Pianist/Teacher Emma Leiuman for posting this recorded ensemble of inspired voices. Leon Fleisher, Daniel Barenboim, Gyorgy Sebok and Arthur Rubinstein share an approach to music-making that is devoid of mechanics, didactics, and methodology. They speak about a cosmos of internally imagined tonal images, emotions, colors, and orchestration that spring from the… Continue reading “Great pianists speak about imagination and the singing approach”

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Teaching a Chopin Nocturne under the influence of Arthur Rubinstein

I must admit that one of my daily activities is sampling You Tube videos of celebrated pianists, and as I teach a new composition to a student, I draw an attentive ear to pre-recorded ornament executions, phrasing, and tempo. It's not that I want to copy another performer's interpretation or impose a specific reading on… Continue reading Teaching a Chopin Nocturne under the influence of Arthur Rubinstein

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Playing through Chopin’s B minor Waltz with its sighing motif (Video commentary)

Last night I sat myself down at my imperfectly regulated Steinway M grand and managed to sigh several times through torrents of phrases crafted by design and inspiration to tug at the heartstrings. And in the video below, I journeyed in baby steps through this intensely emotional landscape pinpointing how I could flesh out the… Continue reading Playing through Chopin’s B minor Waltz with its sighing motif (Video commentary)

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Rare footage of Artur Rubinstein in Hamburg, Germany made into a documentary (Video)

Seymour Bernstein bestowed this gift link to his list of loyal followers, students, friends, et al, and I was fortunate to be one of the recipients. The 27-minute film featured on You Tube, captures Rubinstein's embracing personality and joie de vivre. A celebrated raconteur, he intersperses colorful comments and stories at the drop of a… Continue reading Rare footage of Artur Rubinstein in Hamburg, Germany made into a documentary (Video)