PIANO LESSONS: Reflections from a Life in Music

PIANO LESSONS: Reflections from a Life in Music

by Vladimir Feltsman


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Vladimir Feltsman presents insights drawn from a lifetime of devotion to music: as a student, a teacher, a performer, and a recording artist. Beginning with his early days studying the piano in the Special School for Music in Moscow, he writes compellingly about his experience of becoming a professional musician and passing along what he learned to the next generation. Along the way, he sheds fascinating light on what it was like to pursue his vocation in the former Soviet Union, including eight years of artistic exile after he was refused permission to emigrate.

In addition to these personal reflections, the book reproduces the highly informative "liner notes" Feltsman provided for many of the recordings in his extensive discography, ranging from Bach's Goldberg Variations to the 20th-century compositions of Soviet Russia's "forgotten" composers.

A final inclusion is the text that Feltsman, a renowned Bach specialist, wrote to accompany a performing edition of The Well-Tempered Clavier, offering both an expansive overview and detailed analysis of each of the preludes and fugues.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781644387771
Publisher: Booklocker.com, Incorporated
Publication date: 06/19/2019
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 1,043,513
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.65(d)

About the Author

Vladimir Feltsman was born in Russia and received his training there. After he moved to the US in 1987 Mr. Feltsman established himself as a major artist on the international concert scene, and a sought-after teacher. His still growing discography includes more than 60 CDs. He is Distinguished Professor of Piano at the State University of New York, New Paltz and teaches on the faculty of Mannes School of Music in Manhattan. He is also the founder and Artistic Director of the International Festival-Institute PianoSummer at New Paltz.

Table of Contents



Part I - Essays

Music and Related Matters

Years of Learning




Part II - Program Notes Music from the Motherland

The Russian Underground

Russian Experiment

Part III - Liner Notes

J.S. Bach (1686-1750)

Franz Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)

Franz Schubert (1797-1828)

Robert Schumann (1810-1856)

Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849)

Franz Liszt (1811-1886)

Johannes Brahms (1833-1896)

Modest Mussorgsky (1839-1881)

Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)

Alexander Scriabin (1871-1915)

Sergei Prokofiev (1891-1953)

Alfred Schnittke (1934-1998)

Part IV - The Well-Tempered Clavier


The Preludes and Fugues

Book I

Book II



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