Spring 2019: New Music Reviews

 (S1-3) Imaginations Books 1 and 2, by Kevin Olson. Kevin Olson has a knack for creating fresh and original sounds at every teaching level. While incorporating the reading, rhythmic, and technical skills needed to advance the piano student, Imaginations offers a wide variety of appealing pieces. With titles like "Android Attack," "Penguin...
Continue reading
0
  24 Hits
  0 Comments
24 Hits
0 Comments

Spring 2019: Recordings

​The two leading piano manufacturers in Paris during Chopin's lifetime were Érard and Pleyel. Chopin preferred Pleyel's instruments, praising what he heard as a more compelling cantabile, and subtler tonal palette. The 1847 Pleyel here possesses remarkable clarity, due in part to its quick decay time. Rutkowski's prowess with convincing agogic exp...
Continue reading
0
  9 Hits
  0 Comments
9 Hits
0 Comments

Ellmenreich: Spinning Song

b2ap3_large_Ellmenreich
Preparation and Presentation Context: Pieces that are helpful to have experienced or played before approaching this oneRebikov: The BearBach: Musette in D Major, BWV Anh. 126Gurlitt: Etude in D minor ( Night Journey ), op. 82, no. 65Get Ready: Creative activities to explore before the first encounter with the score, to prepare a student for deeper ...
Continue reading
1
  197 Hits
  2 Comments
Recent Comments
Amy Glennon
Thank you for this informative video, full of so many useful teaching tips!
Wednesday, 17 April 2019 05:57
Chee-Hwa Tan
Loved the Star Wars touch! Now I will have the "R2D2 - BB8" refrain going in my head... ... Read More
Friday, 03 May 2019 17:13
197 Hits
2 Comments

Handel: Gavotte in G Major, HWV 491 ("Rigaudon")

Handel-Gavotte
Preparation and PresentationContext: Pieces that are helpful to have experienced or played before approaching this one​​Kabalevsky - Clowns, op. 39, no. 20J. S. Bach (attrib.) - Musette in D, BWV Anh. 26Turk – The Dancing MasterGet Ready: Creative activities to explore before the first encounter with the score, to prepare a student for deeper ...
Continue reading
1
  197 Hits
  1 Comment
Recent comment in this post
Chee-Hwa Tan
It is so true about the need to prepare for the LH bass line touch. Thank you for sharing the imagery of potential "coiffure catas... Read More
Friday, 03 May 2019 17:33
197 Hits
1 Comment

Gurlitt: Aus dem Norden, Op. 130, No. 21

Gurlitt: Aus dem Norden, Op. 130, No. 21
Preparation and Presentation Pieces that are helpful to have experienced or played before approaching this one. ​Kohler: Etude in F Major, op. 190, no. 27Diabelli: Vivace in C Major, op. 125, no. 7any pieces that involve playing a LH broken-chord accompaniment against a lyrical RH melody, in either 3/4 or 3/8Creative activities to explore befo...
Continue reading
0
  263 Hits
  0 Comments
263 Hits
0 Comments

The Whole Piano is Mine! Keeping Today’s Beginners Engaged Through Attractive and Motivational Repertoire

When I began teaching in the United States as a fresh artist-teacher graduate of the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest, I soon recognized that to make my teaching style appropriate to the experiences and circumstances of my students it was crucial to familiarize myself with the American teaching environment and practices. Ever since, I ...
Continue reading
0
  85 Hits
  0 Comments
85 Hits
0 Comments

January/February 2019 Pupil Saver: The thrill of the risk

My student Katie, 17, enjoys playing the piano as much as she loves playing soccer. From what I hear, she is an aggressive, risk-taking soccer player. The same could be said for her piano playing: she is adventurous with tempo and sometimes aggressive with sound. I needed a piece that would both capitalize on Katie's strengths while encou...
Continue reading
0
  24 Hits
  0 Comments
24 Hits
0 Comments

The Neglected Consolations of Franz Liszt

Franz Liszt's beloved Consolation No. 3 in D-flat Major from the Six Consolations S.172, is a character piece frequently performed by the advancing pianist in recital and festival adjudications. Reminiscent of a nostalgic nocturne, Consolation No. 3 features a stunning melodic line and unpredictable harmonic nuances that have surely contribute...
Continue reading
0
  69 Hits
  0 Comments
69 Hits
0 Comments

Celebrating Leonard Bernstein at 100: An exploration of his solo piano works

Bernstein
Bernstein's Musical LegacyAs the Leonard Bernstein centennial draws to a close, it is an ideal time to consider the extraordinary career of one of the most significant musical figures of the last century. A prodigious multi-talent, Bernstein became a renowned composer, conductor, pianist, author, teacher, and humanitarian. Although some counseled h...
Continue reading
0
  1644 Hits
  0 Comments
1644 Hits
0 Comments

November/December 2018: Pupil Saver

Rev It Up!David Karp's Toccatina in D Minor (FJH) is a high-energy intermediate piece that will rev up any student. Written almost entirely in the treble clef, the rapid sixteenth notes, syncopated cadences, and interesting mix of major and minor sounds add up to an exciting and riveting contemporary pie...
Continue reading
0
  25 Hits
  0 Comments
25 Hits
0 Comments

Revisiting Long-lost Gems: American Folktunes in Nineteenth-century Piano Music

 In the nineteenth century, classical music was in its infancy in the United States and uniquely American musical voices were few and far between. Although there were some notable exceptions—such as pianist Louis Moreau Gottschalk—most American musicians flocked to Europe "only to return with pale imitations ...
Continue reading
0
  49 Hits
  0 Comments
49 Hits
0 Comments

Gurlitt: Aus dem Norden, Op. 130, No. 21

Gurlitt
Preparation and Presentation Pieces that are helpful to have experienced or played before approaching this one. ​Kohler: Etude in F Major, op. 190, no. 27Diabelli: Vivace in C Major, op. 125, no. 7any pieces that involve playing a LH broken-chord accompaniment against a lyrical RH melody, in either 3/4 or 3/8Creative activities to explore befo...
Continue reading
0
  1013 Hits
  0 Comments
1013 Hits
0 Comments

Clementi: Sonatina in C, Op. 36, No. 1, I. Allegro

ClementiSonatinaimage2
Preparation and Presentation Pieces that are helpful to have experienced or played before approaching this one:​Lynn Freeman Olson – Beginning SonatinasNancy Faber - Classic Sonatina in C MajorDennis Alexander - Simply SonatinasTheodore Latour - Sonatina No. 1 in C MajorThomas Attwood - Sonatina in G MajorCreative activities to explore before ...
Continue reading
0
  1657 Hits
  0 Comments
1657 Hits
0 Comments

Burgmüller: Ballade, Op. 100 No. 15

ballade1
Preparation and PresentationPieces that are helpful to have experienced or played before approaching this one:​Burgmüller - ArabesqueRossi - Atacama DesertAtwood - SonatinaKabalevsky – ClownsCreative activities to explore before the first encounter with the score, to prepare a student for deeper engagement and more immediate success: ​What is a Bal...
Continue reading
0
  1237 Hits
  0 Comments
1237 Hits
0 Comments

Kabalevsky: Clowns, Op. 39

clowns
Preparation and PresentationPieces that are helpful to have experienced or played before approaching this one:​Beethoven - Ecossaise in G Major, WoO 23Niamath - Playful PuppyNiamath - PenguinsCreative activities to explore before the first encounter with the score, to prepare a student for deeper engagement and more immediate success: ​Learn the LH...
Continue reading
0
  1208 Hits
  0 Comments
1208 Hits
0 Comments

Kabalevsky: Clowns, Op. 39, No.20

Kabalevsky: Clowns, Op. 39, No.20
Preparation and PresentationContext: pieces that are helpful to have experienced or played before approaching this oneBeethoven - Ecossaise in G Major, WoO 23Niamath - Playful PuppyNiamath - Penguins Get Ready: creative activities to explore before the first encounter with the score, to prepare a student for deeper engagement and more immediate suc...
Continue reading
0
  45 Hits
  0 Comments
45 Hits
0 Comments

September/October 2018: Pupil Saver

From the "Motivating Bookshelf Logan is sitting on the piano bench, his mother behind us. Logan and I are discussing repertoire for both short- and long-term goals.Logan is in soccer, tennis, robotics, piano, violin, and a plethora of church activities. Following a polished performance of "The Little White Donkey" from Jacques Ibert's Histoire...
Continue reading
0
  33 Hits
  0 Comments
33 Hits
0 Comments

Deciphering Chopin’s shorthand in the posthumous Mazurka in F minor

​If someone had told me a decade ago that I was going to produce the first (and, so far, only) published reconstruction of Chopin's posthumous Mazurka in F Minor that includes every uncanceled measure of the composer's sketch, I would have laughed. But apparently when a performance opportunity inspires a research obsession, unexpected things can ha...
Continue reading
0
  1591 Hits
  0 Comments
1591 Hits
0 Comments

Performing Chopin in the style of Chopin?

Interest in historically-informed performance continues to evolve as scholars and serious-minded pianists gain more knowledge regarding nineteenth-century performing styles. Though much progress has been made in this field, a question still remains: Is there a definitive performance practice that enables pianists to play the works of Chopin in the ...
Continue reading
0
  88 Hits
  0 Comments
88 Hits
0 Comments

Touching Debussy, Teaching Alchemy

faries-are-dancing The Fairies are Exquisite Dancers, Illustration in 'Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens' by J.M Barrie
Sound is touch at a distance. Jad Abumrad, from Radiolab"Sound is touch at a distance." I heard this quote at a recent talk given by Radio Lab creator, Jad Abumrad, and I couldn't get it out of my mind. Over and over it repeated itself. Mothers sing to babies after they put them down as a way of continuing physical contact, Jad told us. So, is...
Continue reading
0
  253 Hits
  1 Comment
Recent comment in this post
Elizabeth Medici
Wonderful discussion of Debussy's elegant and refined style that gives us so much emotional freedom at the piano. It is also a ver... Read More
Thursday, 12 July 2018 10:22
253 Hits
1 Comment

About Piano Magazine

Piano Magazine is the leading resource for pianists, piano teachers, and piano enthusiasts. We bring you informative, interesting, and inspiring ideas on all aspects of piano teaching, learning, and performing. The official name of Clavier Companion magazine was changed to Piano Magazine in 2019.

Follow us on

Terms of use

Have Questions?

We are happy to help.

Editorial questions? This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Advertising questions? This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Subscription questions? This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Technical questions? This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Cron Job Starts