Piano Mastery: The Harriette Brower Interviews

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While a master class with a legendary performer is a dream for any student, we are treated here to the next best thing: a collection of chats with the world's greatest pianists. Here, in one remarkable volume, are the thoughts, musical insights, and invaluable practical advice from a host of world-class musicians, recorded in their own words, at the height of their careers, in separate interviews. Ignacy Paderewski talks about the correct motion of fingers and forearm in his new "Méthode"; Josef Hofmann talks ...
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Overview


While a master class with a legendary performer is a dream for any student, we are treated here to the next best thing: a collection of chats with the world's greatest pianists. Here, in one remarkable volume, are the thoughts, musical insights, and invaluable practical advice from a host of world-class musicians, recorded in their own words, at the height of their careers, in separate interviews. Ignacy Paderewski talks about the correct motion of fingers and forearm in his new "Méthode"; Josef Hofmann talks about the role of inspiration in piano playing; Leopold Godowsky discusses the laws governing technique; and Walter Gieseking shares his thoughts on the necessity of relaxation. Filled with insights for pianists on all levels, this book provides a unique opportunity to learn simple but unforgettable lessons from the great masters. Introduction by Dr. Jeffrey Johnson.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780486427812
  • Publisher: Dover Publications
  • Publication date: 9/16/2003
  • Series: Dover Books on Music Series
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 1,055,642
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.54 (h) x 0.53 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction by Jeffrey Johnson
Prelude; To American Piano Teachers and Students
Interviews from Piano Mastery [1915]:
  Ignace Jan Paderewski
  "Wilhelm Bachaus, Technical Problems Discussed"
  "Harold Bauer, The Question of Piano Tone"
  "Hans von Bülow, As Teacher and Interpreter"
  "Ferruccio Busoni, An Artist at Home"
  "Teresa Carreño, Early Technical Training"
  "Ossip Gabrilowitsch, Characteristic Touch on the Piano"
  "Rudolph Ganz, Conserving Energy in Piano Practise"
  "Katherine Goodson, An Artist at Home"
  "Mark Hambourg, Form, Technic, and Expression"
  "Edwin Hughes, Some Essentials of Piano Playing"
  "Ethel Leginska, Relaxation the Keynote of Modern Piano Playing"
  "William Mason, Hints on Interpretation"
  "Tobias Matthay, Watching the Artist Teacher at Work"
  "Raoul Pugno, A Visit to Raoul Pugno"
  "Ernest Schelling, The Hand of a Pianist"
  "William H. Sherwood, Hints on Interpretation"
  "Sigismond Stojowski, Mind in Piano Study"
  "Bertha Fiering Tapper, Mastering Pianistic Problems"
"Interviews from Piano Mastery, Second Series [1917]:"
  "Mrs. H. H. A. Beach, How a Composer Works"
  "Leopold Godowsky, The Laws Governing Technic and Interpretation"
  "Percy Grainger, Freedom of Thought in Piano Study"
  "Josef Hofmann, Inspiration in Piano Playing"
  "Ernest Hutcheson, Technic and Interpretation"
  "Rafael Joseffy, By Some of His Pupils"
  "Edward MacDowell, Related by Mrs. Edward MacDowell"
  "Guiomar Novaes, The Gift of Music"
  "Leo Ornstein, Sanity in Music Study"
  "Martinus Sieveking, The Dead-Weight Principle"
  "Mr. and Mrs. A. K. Virgil, The Necessity of a Thorough Foundation"
Interviews from Modern Masters of the Keyboard [1926]:
  "Alexander Brailowsky, Thought and Feeling in Piano Playing"
  "Alfred Cortot, Practical Aspects of Modern Piano Study"
  "Erno von Dohnányi, Technical Material Discussed"
  "Ignaz Friedman, Self-Development a Necessity for the Pianist"
  "Walter Gieseking, Relaxation a Prime Essential"
  "Myra Hess, Glimpses of Present-day Piano Study"
  "Wanda Landowska, The Charms of Old Music"
  "Benno Moiseiwitsch, The Study and Art of Piano Playing"
  "Vladmir de Pachmann, A Distinctive Method of Piano Playing"
  "Serge Prokofieff, Futurism in Music"
  "Sergei Rachmaninoff, Serious Piano Practise a Necessity in America"
  "Moritz Rosenthal, Building a Concert Technic"
  "Alexander Siloti, Glimpses of Rubenstein and Liszt"
Index
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