The Russian Piano School: Russian Pianists and Moscow Conservatoire Professors on the Art of the Piano

The Russian Piano School: Russian Pianists and Moscow Conservatoire Professors on the Art of the Piano

by Christopher Barnes (Editor)


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ISBN-13: 9781871082883
Publisher: Kahn & Averill Publishers
Publication date: 12/31/2007
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Professor and Chairman of the Slavic Department in the University of Toronto, Christopher Barnes is an acknowledged authority on the life and work of Boris Pasternak and a well-known translator of various modern authors. Pursuing a parallel interest in music, he also studied piano privately and is known as a lecturer-recitalist on Russian musical topics. He is currently working on a monograph on Scriabin and a history of Russian Pianism.

Table of Contents

Introduction A Note on the Authors Part One - Techniques and Artistry 1. Samuel Feinberg - The Road to Artistry 2. Alexander Goldenweiser - Advice from a Pianist and Teacher 3. Lev Oborin - Some Priciples of Pianoforte Technique 4. Konstantin Igumnov - Some Remarks on Technique 5. Grigorii Ginzburg - Notes on Mastery of the Piano Part Two - Lessons and Masterclasses 1. Samuel Feinberg - Beethoven's Appassionata: A Performer's Commentary 2. Sviatoslav Richter - Three Answers to Questions about Beethoven's Sonata Appassionata 3. Heinrich Neuhaus - Work on Beethoven's Sonata in A major Opus 101 4. Maria Eshchenko - Chopin Etudes (based on classes with Samuel Feinberg) 5. Yakov Flier - Reflections on Chopin's Fourth Ballade 6. Alexander Goldenweiser - Notes on Chopin's Ballade in F minor 7. Konstatin Igumnov - Chopin's Fourth Ballade in F minor 8. Nina Lelchuk and Elena Dolinskaya - Lesson with Yakov Flier (based on Liszt's Mephisto Waltz No.1 and Prokofiev's Sonata No.3) 9. Olga Stupakova and Genrietta Mirvis - Yakov Zak as Teacher (on Liszt's Sonata, Schumann's Etudes Symphoniques and Rakhmaninov's Paganini Rhapsody) Bibliography Index of Pianists Composers and Works Index of Piano Playing Terms

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Pianojazz on LibraryThing 24 days ago
Here is a book worth its weight in platinum! Even more than that.Prof. Christopher Barnes, a professor of Slavic languages at the University of Toronto, has translated hitherto unavailable essays, critiques and lectures from the leading teaching lights at the Moscow Conservatoire. This is a feast of valuable piano pedagogy, albeit for the advanced pianist only.The offerings are more than mere exhortations to musicality. Illustrative is the transcript of Heinrich Neuhaus' extensive critique of a student's performance of Beethoven's Sonata in A major, Op. 101. Neuhaus, justly famous as perhaps the greatest piano teacher ever, breaks this challenging sonata down measure by measure, note by note. Imagine being in his master class, listening to his insightful comments. The student (who is identified as a male but otherwise not named) finds himself raked over the coals--I'm sure he must have felt uncomfortable (to say the least) at having the deficiencies in his playing of this most difficult sonata so mercilessly and relentlessly revealed. But then, that's why we pay piano teachers--not only to pat us on our collective backs, but to tell us how we could improve.Neuhaus' critique alone justifies the rather hefty price tag this book carries. But there's much more--four (count 'em!!) different essays on Chopin's F minor Ballade, which many view as the crown of his compositions; helpful comments on Liszt's fiendish Mephisto Waltz. I could go on.I have but one criticism--the book is far too short. One sincerely hopes that Prof. Barnes continues with his wonderful service to pianists everywhere, and translates additional essays and lectures. But for what he has done, he already deserves the piano world's hearty thanks.One word of warning: This is not a book for beginners or intermediate level pianists. It won't do you much good if you don't already possess a superior level of talent and ability. This most definitely isn't Piano for Dummies. But if you're accomplished enough to already play the repertoire discussed herein, this book will be a Godsend. There is no way your playing cannot improve by orders of magnitude if you pay careful attention to the words of wisdom imparted.Bravo!!