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December 2   -  

An Evening with pianist, Yuja Wang at S.F. Davies Hall

Yuja Wang provided many spell-binding moments in her Davies (SF) recital last night.(Dec. 1, 2014) Two Schubert’s songs that opened her program, (Liszt transcriptions) were tenderly played with a warm, captivating tone, while the great Schubert ...

November 30   -  

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 ...

November 27   -  

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 ...

November 25   -  

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

Elaine Comparone, a well-regarded harpsichordist rendered two dance movements from J.S. Bach’s French Suite No. 5 in G, (BWV 816) that I’d performed on the pianoforte. In the Sarabande her ornamention was more florid than mine, giving an ...

November 24   -  

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 ...

November 23   -  

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, Sonata 1, ...

November 19   -  

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 render first as the ...

November 16   -  

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 the ...

November 14   -  

Does approaching notes in different ways at the piano affect tone production?

Emanuel Ax, well-known concert pianist and teacher asserts that one note struck cannot be varied by physical approach (except for volume) and I’m assuming duration (a clipped staccato release vs. a lingering sustain without pedal) Yet he ...

November 12   -  

Shame on WQXR F.M. for shining a spotlight on Kids’ dislike of Bach’s music

I can’t fathom why a historically great NYC-based Classical music station like WQXR F.M. would choose to feature a big-splash juvenile ONLINE thumbs down to a J.S. Bach masterwork! ...
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