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Piano Mastery Talks with Master Pianists and Teachers   By: (1869-1928)

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Piano Mastery Talks with Master Pianists and Teachers by Harriette Brower offers a captivating and insightful journey into the world of piano playing and teaching. As a compilation of interviews with renowned pianists and educators, this book provides a unique opportunity for music enthusiasts and aspiring pianists to delve into the minds of these masters.

One of the most striking aspects of this book is its diverse selection of interviewees. Brower brings together well-known pianists from different eras, offering a comprehensive view of the evolution of piano technique and teaching methods. From legends like Franz Liszt and Sergei Rachmaninoff to contemporary pianists such as Josef Lhévinne and Ferruccio Busoni, each chapter presents a distinct perspective on piano mastery.

Throughout the interviews, Brower asks thought-provoking questions that delve deep into the artistic processes and philosophies of these masters. Readers are treated to a wealth of advice, anecdotes, and personal experiences, making it feel as if they are having a one-on-one conversation with these luminaries. Aspiring pianists in particular will find plenty of practical tips and insights to enhance their own playing.

Furthermore, Brower's writing style is clear and engaging, enabling even non-musicians to appreciate the wealth of knowledge presented in the book. She strikes a fine balance between technical discussions and accessible explanations, ensuring that both professionals and casual readers can find value in this work.

In addition to the interviews, the book also includes personal recollections from Brower herself, providing a more intimate connection between the reader and the world of piano mastery. These anecdotes give the book a personal touch, reminding us of the author's own passion for music and admiration for the individuals she interviewed.

One minor drawback of the book is its occasional repetition of themes and ideas across interviews. While this can reinforce certain concepts, it may become tedious for some readers. However, this flaw is overshadowed by the abundance of wisdom and expertise shared throughout the book.

Overall, Piano Mastery Talks with Master Pianists and Teachers is a must-read for anyone interested in classical music, piano playing, or music pedagogy. Harriette Brower's meticulous research and the wealth of knowledge shared by the interviewed pianists make this book an invaluable resource for pianists of all levels. Whether you seek technical advice, historical insights, or simply inspiration, you will find it within the pages of this enlightening work.

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Talks with Master Pianists and Teachers and an Account of a Von Bülow Class, Hints on Interpretation, by Two American Teachers (Dr. William Mason and William H. Sherwood) and a Summary by the Author



Author of The Art of the Pianist

With Sixteen Portraits

Frederick A. Stokes Company The Musical Observer Company


[Illustration: Photo Copyright By Marran IGNACE JAN PADEREWSKI]




ERNEST SCHELLING.....The Hand of a Pianist

ERNESTO CONSOLO.....Making the Piano a Musical Instrument

SIGISMOND STOJOWSKI.....Mind in Piano Study.

RUDOLPH GANZ.....Conserving Energy in Piano Practise

TINA LERNER.....An Audience the Best Teacher

ETHEL LEGINSKA.....Relaxation the Keynote of Modern Piano Playing

BERTHA FIERING TAPPER.....Mastering Piano Problems

CARL M. ROEDER.....Problems of Piano Teachers

KATHARINE GOODSON.....An Artist at Home

MARK HAMBOURG.....Form, Technic, and Expression

TOBIAS MATTHAY.....Watching the Artist Teacher at Work

HAROLD BAUER.....The Question of Piano Tone

RAOUL PUGNO.....Training the Child

THUEL BURNHAM.....The "Melody" and "Coloratura" Hand

EDWIN HUGHES.....Some Essentials of Piano Playing

FERRUCCIO BUSONI.....An Artist at Home

ADELE AUS DER OHE... Continue reading book >>

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