July/August 2018: Editor's Column

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The Debussy Debate With this issue, we celebrate the centennial of Claude Debussy (1862-1918). Pianists and piano teachers hold him in high esteem as one of the great composers, and, as proof, we still teach and perform his works (and dedicate magazine issues to him). His bold experimentation with harmony, breaks from traditional rules, and colorfu...
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DIGITAL ONLY CONTENT: Speak out! Five-and-a-half minutes with composer, pianist, teacher, and editor, Keith Porter-Snell

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Keith, this column is generally reserved for composers, but you are much more than this as a pianist, composer, teacher, and editor. Which hat do you like best? That's a difficult question. I think of myself first as a pianist, but that's because it's the genesis for everything else I do. Teaching has been an inexhaustible fascination for me since ...
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May/June 2018: Editor's Column

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The balance of things Our topic this month, "Consider this: Inclusion, Ideas, and Innovations," invites you to explore this expanding universe of piano pedagogy. For some Clavier Companion readers, you will find yourself admiring those who work with disadvantaged populations. For others, you may find yourself wanting to learn more so that you can i...
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DIGITAL ONLY CONTENT: Speak out! Five-and-a-half minutes with composer, Glenda Austin

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What kind of composer are you?  I would say I am a "fly by the seat of my pants" composer. At least it's been that way for the last several years. It seems I have very little time to just sit down and compose. I teach general music in school, accompany several choirs and vocal lessons at the local University, and play weekly at a Methodist chu...
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March/April 2018: Editor's Column

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I admit it: technology has won a firm, long-lasting place in my heart. At present, I own two iPads, an iMac, an iPhone, a laptop, a music video camera, and a number of digital pianos. Other odds and ends of plug-in equipment and Bluetooth gadgets litter my home and studio. These are all completely necessary—or at ...
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January 31

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1986 Premiere of Joan Tower's Piano Concerto Homage to Beethoven with the Hudson Valley Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Imre Pallo and Jacquelyn M. Helin as pianist. (photo Noah Sheldon)
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January 28

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  1927 Premiere of Aaron Copland's Piano Concerto with the Boston Symphony conducted by Serge Koussevitzky with Copland as soloist.
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January 5

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1931- Birth of Austrian pianist Alfred Brendel in Wiesenburg, Moravia.
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DIGITAL ONLY CONTENT: We are related: a few extra stories from China

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Rambo meets Rocky "We are related!" said the young communist translator assigned to us in Guangzhou. We had been warned that the official translators were there to watch us closely, so I was caught off guard. "How is that?" I asked. "Because you are Rambo, and my American name is Rocky." As unexpected as it was to find Sylvester Stal...
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DIGITAL ONLY CONTENT: Speak out! Five-and-a-half minutes with composer, Lynda Lybeck-Robinson

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I met Lynda on FaceBook about five years ago and life has brought us together in real life many times since. The harmony in her compositions is a refreshingly unexpected departure from much of the pedagogical literature, and my students (young and old) all know who Ms. Lynda is. She mentions "Coal Miner's Lullaby" from Alaska Sk...
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Editor's Column: The students we meet

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In this issue, you will meet several teachers who have experienced profound cross-cultural exchanges. Personally, I have delighted in working with students from more than fourteen countries, giving me a framework for identifying with the work of the authors here. However, my takeaway went much further than nodding my head as I recalled my own adven...
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Editorial changes at Clavier Companion

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The Frances Clark Center is pleased to recognize the outstanding contributions of Dr. Pete Jutras. Dr. Jutras is stepping down from his role as Editor-in-Chief after serving for eleven years in that capacity. Jutras, who is Professor of Piano and Associate Director at the Hugh Hodgson School of Music at The University of Georgia in Athens, GA, serv...
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DIGITAL-ONLY CONTENT: A conversation with Pamela Mia Paul, pre-screening jurist for the 2017 Cliburn Competition.

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During January and February of 2017, five jurors traveled the world to choose the 30 finalists for the Cliburn competition. The initial screeners, Lydia Artymiw, Anton Nel, and Angela Cheng, read applications and listened to online videos from 290 initial applicants! That team pared the list down to 146. The pre-screening jury, consisting of Dmitri...
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What about that bass?

As piano teachers, we commonly show our students how composers divide pieces into three parts, such as in Sonata or Minuet and Trio forms. What is often missed is that most music is composed with a vertical division of three as well. We are adept at teaching students to focus on—and voice—the melodic content. However, often overlooke...
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