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Piano Technique
Piano Technique.

Piano Technique


  • ISBN: 978-0-486-22867-9
  • Editorial: Dover Publications
  • Encuadernación: Rústica
  • Formato: 14x22
  • Páginas: 140
  • Idiomas: Inglés
  • Tipo: LIBRO
  • código del editor: DP12089


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The volumen presents two books by Walter Gieseking, foremost pianist of his generation, and his teacher for five years, Karl Leimer, that have long been sought after by students and teachers looking for a radical approach toward developing not only finger-technique but expression-technique. Emphasis throughout is on listening to one's self and proper understanding as the basis of proper technique for the piano.
In book one, originally titled The Shortest Way to Pianistic Perfection, Gieseking and Leimer work with a series of piano works - a study from Lebert and Stark, Bach's Two- and Three-Part Inventions in C and Beethoven's Sonata in F Minor, Op. 2, No. 1. Before beginning to play, the student is asked to visualize each piece through silent reading. Through Leimer's instruction in this area the student soon discovers how to approach each piece as not merely a series of notes to memorize but as a coherent musical structure to understand. Following are instructions on natural interpretation, with consideration of touch, relaxation, training of the ear, elimination of all unnecessary movements and proper emphasis in the practice. Also given are notes on such topics as eludes, scales, broken chords, the trill and tranquility.
In book two, Rhythmics, Dynamics, Pedal and Other Problems of Piano Playing, Leimer carries his method of visualization further with a study of the Allemande from Bach's French Suite in E Major. Following are further exercises and practices for developing other pianistic techniques with reference to works of other composers. Specific exercises which cover rhythmics, dynamics, and phrasing are designed so that they will benefit not only the pianist but also performers on other instruments. Extensive chapters on variety of touch and the pedal give a great number of techniques and exercises for extending the expressive and dynamic range.
Unabridged republication of The Shortest Way to Pianistic Perfection (1932) and Rhythmics, Dynamics, Pedal and Other Problems of Piano Playing (1938). Complete scores of all five works discussed in the text.


A) The Shortest Way to Pianistic Perfection

Foreword of Walter Gieseking
Introduction by James Francis Cooke
I. Foundation of My Method
II. The Student Begin Work
a) A Study from Lebert and Stark
b) Two-part Invention in C major, by Bach
c) Three-part Invention in C major, by Bach
d) Sonata in F minor, Op. 2, No. 1, by Beethoven
III. Natural Interpretation
IV. Making Study Count
V. Special Technical Problems
a) Etudes
b) Playing of Scales
c) Broken Chords
d) Playing Chords
e) The Trill
f) Tranquility in Movement

Addenda: Beethoven, Op. 2, No. 1, Sonata in F minor

B) Rhytmnics, Dynamics, Pedal and Other Problems of Piano Playing


I. Introduction and reflection for the mental conception of the allemande from the French Suite in E major by Bach

II. Technique through mental work

III. Rhythmics
Pedagogical Hints
Couplets, Quadruplets, etc
The Up-Beat
The Syncope

V. Dynamics

VI. Variety of touch
The Free Fall
The Throw and Stroke
The Swing
The Roll
The Pressure
General Hints on Touch
Posture While Playing
Nonlegato, Portamento, Staccato
The Uses of Touches for Technical Studies
Octaves, Sixths, and Thirds
Touch for Polyphonic Playing and for Phrasing Parts

VII. Phrasing
Phrasing Marks in the Notation
Phrasing in the Art of Interpretation

VIII. The pedal
Utilizing the Pedal in the Attainment of Tone Volumes
Application of the Pedal in Attaining Legato Effects Which Are Impossible with Fingers Alone
Application of the Pedal to Express Characteristic Sound Differences

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