Musical education is about more than music - An interview with Livia Rèv

Musical education is about more than music - An interview with Livia Rèv

“Very interesting. But not beautiful." Livia Rév is examining some modern art on the main floor of the Institut Hongrois in Paris, an exhibition that was set up between the start of her master class that morning and the lunch break. The Hungarian pianist, who stands barely five feet tall, has hardly finished her pronouncement before she is off agai...

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Questions & Answers

Q. I understand that you believe in swinging, clapping, and tapping as methods for developing rhythmic security in young students. Please suggest the ways in which you use each modality in your own teaching. A. All three methods are invaluable ways in which to develop rhythmic security in young students. All are equally important, but each has its ...

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Thoughts on the Tiger Mom debate

To say that Amy Chua has touched a nerve with parents is an understatement akin to saying that Franz Liszt had an influence on piano performance and teaching. Since the publication of her book Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother in January, and the subsequent Wall Street Journal article "Why Chinese Mothers are Superior," a firestorm of discussion and ...

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Music for one hand

When I was in eighth grade, I fell while roller-skating and broke my right arm just above the wrist. I assumed that piano lessons would be on hold for at least six weeks as it healed, but instead, my teacher assigned me a piece for left hand alone called "Andante Finale" from the opera Lucia di Lammermoor by Theodore Leschetizky. I loved the challe...

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A left-handed complement to Frédéric Chopin: An interview with Ivan Ilić

American expatriate pianist Ivan Ili´c has just finished a semi-private recital of Godowsky's Chopin transcriptions for the left hand at his Bordeaux apartment, and the thirty guests are sipping Bordeaux rouge in his dining room. Most of us had been unfamiliar with the repertoire before this event, and many seemed awestruck that so much music could...

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RMM really is for everyone!

The Recreational Music Making movement is all about inclusiveness and creative self-expression. Embedded in the RMM philosophy is this statement: No matter what music background you may or may not have, no matter what physical or mental limitations present themselves, you can participate in the joy of music making and express yourself creatively!&n...

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Why should I consider having my piano tuned in anything but equal temperament?

Three years ago my piano technician, Robert Guenther, asked me if I wanted to try out a well-tempered tuning on my 1913 Steinway Model O. We have known each other for decades so he was aware of my interest in the science of music, including different tuning systems. He mentioned that several of his clients had been using well temperament (WT) for t...

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Frank Glazer

Frank Glazer in 1936. Photograph by Ben Pinchot.

Many people have played all thirty-two Beethoven Sonatas in one concert season before, but I would be willing to bet that no one has done it for the first time at age ninety-five. Frank Glazer holds a unique place among concert pianists and teachers. He is the last living student from the Berlin days of the great Beethoven interpreter Artur Schnabe...

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A survey of current methods: Succeeding at the Piano

This issue continues Clavier Companion's survey of piano methods.1 Each article in this series has three sections—an introductory synopsis by the Associate Editor, two articles written by teachers who have used the method extensively in their studios, and a response from the authors of the method surveyed in the previous issue. We hope that you fin...

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Introductions and endings

A really great meal is made even better with a tasty appetizer and dessert. A Christmas tree is just not complete without a shining star on top and a decorative skirt around the base. In the same way, a pop or jazz arrangement can go from OK to spectacular with a unique introduction and ending framing it. Let me introduce you to "Molly Malone,...

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Winds of Change

It's midsummer as this issue sees print, and the quiet time since those year-end recitals and juries has been most welcomed. After thirty weeks of lessons, I'm ready for a change. The longer the term goes on, the more I feel that I can't hear my students' progress—I'm too close to them, too familiar with their tendencies. They undoubtedly feel the ...

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