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Great Pianists on Piano Playing Study Talks with Foremost Virtuosos   By: (1875-1960)

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GREAT PIANISTS ON PIANO PLAYING

Study Talks with Foremost Virtuosos

by

JAMES FRANCIS COOKE

A Series of Personal Educational Conferences with Renowned Masters of the Keyboard, Presenting the Most Modern Ideas upon the Subjects of Technic, Interpretation, Style and Expression

[Illustration]

Theo. Presser Co. Philadelphia, Pa.

Copyright, 1913, by Theo. Presser Co. International Copyright Secured

CONTENTS

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1. THE ARTIST'S LIFE 5

2. ARE PIANISTS BORN OR MADE? 24

3. THE STORY OF A WONDER CHILD Pepito Arriola 41

4. THE PIANIST OF TO MORROW Wilhelm Bachaus 52

5. ARTISTIC ASPECTS OF PIANO STUDY Harold Bauer 64

6. APPEARING IN PUBLIC Fannie Bloomfield Zeisler 80

7. IMPORTANT DETAILS IN PIANO STUDY Ferruccio Busoni 97

8. DISTINCTIVE PIANO PLAYING Teresa Carreño 109

9. ESSENTIALS OF TOUCH Ossip Gabrilowitsch 122

10. THE REAL SIGNIFICANCE OF TECHNIC Leopold Godowsky 133

11. ANALYZING MASTERPIECES Katharine Goodson 144

12. PROGRESS IN PIANO STUDY Josef Hofmann 158

13. PIANO STUDY IN RUSSIA Josef Lhévinne 170

14. SEEKING ORIGINALITY Vladimir de Pachmann 182

15. MODERN PIANISTIC PROBLEMS Max Pauer 197

16. ESSENTIALS OF ARTISTIC PLAYING S. V. Rachmaninoff 208

17. SYSTEMATIC MUSICAL TRAINING A. Reisenauer 222

18. THE TRAINING OF THE VIRTUOSO E. Sauer 236

19. ECONOMY IN MUSIC STUDY X. Scharwenka 252

20. LEARNING A NEW PIECE E. Schelling 267

21. WHAT INTERPRETATION REALLY IS S. Stojowski 279

I

THE ARTIST'S LIFE

THE VIRTUOSO'S CAREER AS IT REALLY IS

The father of a young woman who was preparing to become a virtuoso once applied to a famous musical educator for advice regarding the future career of his daughter. "I want her to become one of the greatest pianists America has ever produced," he said. "She has talent, good health, unlimited ambition, a good general education, and she is industrious." The educator thought for awhile, and then said, "It is very likely that your daughter will be successful in her chosen field, but the amount of grinding study she will be obliged to undergo to meet the towering standards of modern pianism is awful to contemplate. In the end she will have the flattery of the multitude, and, let us hope, some of their dollars as well. In return, she may have to sacrifice many of the comforts and pleasures which women covet. The more successful she is, the more of a nomad she must become. She will know but few days for years when she will not be compelled to practice for hours. She becomes a kind of chattel of the musical public. She will be harassed by ignorant critics and perhaps annoyed by unreliable managers. In return she has money and fame, but, in fact, far less of the great joy and purpose of life than if she followed the customary domestic career with some splendid man as her husband. When I was younger I used to preach quite an opposite sermon, but the more I see of the hardships of the artist's life the less I think of the dollars and the fame it brings. It is hard enough for a man, but it is twice as hard for a woman."

GOLDEN BAIT

Some cynic has contended that the much despised "Almighty Dollar" has been the greatest incentive to the struggling virtuoso in European music centers. Although this may be true in a number of cases, it is certainly unjust in others. Many of the virtuosos find travel in America so distasteful that notwithstanding the huge golden bait, the managers have the greatest difficulty in inducing the pianists to come back... Continue reading book >>




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