Autumn 2021: Book Reviews: Piano-Playing Revisited: What Modern Players Can Learn From Period Instruments by David Breitman

Warning: this book may lead to prolonged practicing and thorough reexaminations of one's approach to Classical and early Romantic repertoire. It had this effect on me, and I believe it will have an impact on my playing and teaching henceforth. While reading the book, I played all the musical examples appropriate for my Dulcken copy, but I couldn't ...
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Beethoven: Sonatina in G Major

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Preparation and Presentation Context: Pieces that are helpful to have experienced or played before approaching this one Students should be playing the earliest selections of original piano works.Sonatinas by Lynes, Attwood, Latour, and other selections in any level 1 and 2 Sonatina books.Method book pieces introducing Alberti bass (approx. level 3)...
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Evelyn Lee
Great preparation comments. I appreciate it. several comments: 1. you played this piece very matter of fact. I see it as an expres... Read More
Friday, 11 December 2020 17:45
Suzanne Newcomb
Thank you, Evelyn, for your comments and questions. I see this as an expressive piece, too, but it is also an early Classical-era ... Read More
Friday, 11 December 2020 19:15
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Finding the "soul" of your foot: The nuances of pedaling

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When I was a young piano student, I reveled in the joy of hearing two clashing harmonies blur together under one pedal. In my teenage years, much like my peers, I loved to pedal emotionally, often liberally and with fervor as the beauty and passionate music of the great Romantic composers transported me. But, I never dared touch the pedal...
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