The Complete Collaborator: The Pianist as Partner

The Complete Collaborator: The Pianist as Partner

by Martin Katz
     
 


Take more than forty years of partnering celebrated soloists in concerts all over the world, add nearly thirty years of teaching the art of accompanying, and you have the qualifications for such an audacious title as The Complete Collaborator. All the tools for understanding and executing first-class collaborative piano are here, paired with audioSee more details below

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Take more than forty years of partnering celebrated soloists in concerts all over the world, add nearly thirty years of teaching the art of accompanying, and you have the qualifications for such an audacious title as The Complete Collaborator. All the tools for understanding and executing first-class collaborative piano are here, paired with audio recordings of many of the musical examples performed by the author himself, along with two vocalists, on a companion website.

The obvious topics: breathing, languages, flexibility, and creating a collaborative atmosphere are discussed at length, articulated clearly for the curious novice and proving beneficial even for the experienced professional. In addition, two significant chapters deal with orchestral accompaniment, reflecting today's requirements for any professional accompanist. Oft-neglected details such as beginning a piece together, telling stories with piano solos, tuning, and balance between the players are also covered herein.

Dubbed the "Dean of Accompanists" by the Los Angeles Times, this teacher of sold-out masters' classes presents his material clearly and incisively, but always with the humor and wit for which he is known. Whether it be read by the curious novice, the amateur who wants to accompany as best he can, or the experienced professional seeking confirmation or a new look at the role of any partner, Martin Katz's The Complete Collaborator is all one needs.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195367959
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
06/01/2009
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
637,342
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

1. An Introduction: What is Collaboration Anyway?
2. Breathing and Singing
3. The Word is the Thing
4. The Pianist as Designer
5. The Pianist as Director
6. Kitchen Tools
7. The Bother of Balance
8. The Steinway Philharmonic
9. More about Orchestral Playing
10. Odds and Ends
11. Is there Life after Singers?
12. In Conclusion: A Pep-Talk

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