Richard Zimdars is Despy Karlas Professor of Piano in the Hugh Hodgson School of Music at the University of Georgia. His students hold college teaching positions in the U.S., Canada, Brazil, and South Korea. Zimdars’ translations titled The Piano Master Classes of Franz Liszt and The Piano Master Classes of Hans von Bülow are published by Indiana U...niversity Press. His discography includes solo and chamber works by Ives, Copland, Cowell, Rudhyar, and Harris. Albany records recently released his latest album with solo works of Persichetti, Druckman, and Richter. More

Spring 2019: Poetry Corner

Mouse II Today I'm a mouse minute enough to patter along the pedals into the piano The smell of this felt you must realize is something divine assailing our noses over a distance of miles Eagerly we set about the hammers exploiting them to build our nests then we nibble at the dampers until they stop damping What's the point of dampers anyway We fi...
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January/February 2019: Poetry Corner

Contributing Editor: Richard Zimdars Poem by Virginia Hamilton Adair The Birds Preach to St. Francis [Variation on a Theme by Liszt] What could he tell them they did not already know? Their wings were beating the air like tongues at Pentecost, their beaks unrolling ribbons of fire. "Man," they chorused, "dip and dance as we do in the eddies of air....
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Book Review: A Dictionary for the Modern Pianist

​ By Stephen Siek:  Rowman & Littlefield, 2017, $89.98  After the excellent reception for his biography of Tobias Matthay ( England's Piano Sage , Scarecrow Press, 2011), Stephen Siek took on a different challenge: writing a piano dictionary. The word  "Modern" in Siek's title does not refer to pianists who play contemporary musi...
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November/December 2018: Poetry Corner

Contributing Editor, Richard Zimdars Poem by Howard Nemerov Lines & Circularities On hearing Casals' recording of the Sixth Suite Deep in a time that cannot come again Bach thought it through, this lonely and immense Reflexion wherein our sorrows learn to dance. And deep in the time that cannot come again Casals recorded it. Playing it bac...
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Two Pianists in Time of War

War requires many adjustments by the populations of the countries involved, and musicians are not immune from these circumstances. The lives of two pianists, one who lived during World War I and the other during the Korean War, illustrate the pressures placed upon individuals. communities, and societies. November 11, 2...
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July/August 2018: Poetry

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Homage to John Cage Silence is so accurate.  — Mark Rothko   Light through vaulted windows, the shadows of elms in wind. On stage, the pianist, hands in his lap. Still. The shadows strumming his face, his hands. Four minutes and thirty-three seconds of silence so you may hear the music of conditioned air through vents, rustling clothes, t...
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March/April 2018: Poetry Corner: Gradus Ad Parnassum

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Oh I know If I'd practiced the piano I'd never be so low As I now am Where's Sylvia Beerman? Married, rich and cool In New Rochelle She was nobody's fool, She didn't write in verse She hardly wrote at all She rose she didn't fall She never gave a damn But got up early To practise Gradus Ad Parnassum—she Feels fine. I know. American poet Muriel Ruke...
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Poetry Corner

Brahms: Waltz [Op. 39, No. 15] As the departing soul looks down upon the earth and its gaze sweeps the grass, takes in the house where time still lingers among tasks left undone: so the hands hover once more over the keys, and the melody, full of outworn desire, repeats itself before it is extinguished. — Norman Finkelstein "Brahms: Waltz [Op. 39, ...
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Surveying the college job market

Surveying the college job market
​Teaching piano or working as a staff accompanist at a college, conservatory, or university is a desirable career for many pianists. Holding a full-time position in academia can have many rewards: teaching piano, chamber music, piano pedagogy, and piano literature to promising young musicians; performing solo recitals and chamber music with colleag...
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The pleasure of learning and searching never ends: An interview with Alfred Brendel

The pleasure of learning and searching never ends: An interview with Alfred Brendel
​ ​READING AND WRITING ​RZ: Charles Alkan, speaking of his friend Chopin, was reported to have said that Chopin was not a reading man. You are clearly a reading and writing man. Your books and articles have contributed stimulating ideas and observations for thirty-five years. Did certain books on music have special value for you, especially in your...
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