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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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January/February 2019: Book Reviews

​ Managing Stage Fright: A Guide for Musicians and Music  Teachers , by Julie Jaffee Nagel.  Julie Nagel possesses a rare combination of skills. She has two music degrees from The Juilliard School, three psychology degrees from the University of Michigan, and further training at  the Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute. I often joke wi...
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November/December 2018: Book Review

The Pianist's Guide to Standard Teaching and Performance Concertos: An Invaluable Resource of Keyboard Concertos from Baroque through Contemporary Periods for Teachers, Students, and Performers, by Karen Beres and Christopher Hahn. Review by Kate Boyd. Susan Geffen, Editor The Pianist's Guide to Standard ...
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July/August 2018: Closer Look, Book Review

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by Ann DuHamel Adaptive Strategies for Small-Handed Pianists is a revolutionary, pioneering work that addresses small-handedness in an extraordinarily comprehensive manner. The book, by Lora Deahl and Brenda Wristen, examines the many facets of pianism affected by small-handedness, and it provides numerous excellent suggestions on playing with what...
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Jan/Feb 2018: First Looks Book Review - When the World Stopped to Listen: Van Cliburn’s Cold War Triumph, and Its Aftermath

New Music Reviews Closer Look As someone who was fortunate enough to study at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow and to participate in the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, this book was truly a delight. It not only brought back wonderful memories from Moscow and Fort Worth, but, more importantly, it gave me a much better historical ...
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