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Online master classes

Well, this is pretty cool.  I’m probably the last pianist on the web to discover this, but:  the Weill Music Institute at Carnegie Hall has put some master classes online, with video, scores, some other supplementary material.  They are organized into topics so you can experience them organized around the piece in question, or by […]

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Harriette Brower, Piano Mastery

Harriette Brower’s 1915 book, Piano Mastery, is online in a public domain Project Gutenberg edition.  She recounts interviews she did with about 20 master pianists and teachers (e.g., Busoni, Paderewski, Goodson), includes essays on interpretation by William Mason and William Sherwood, and offers her own essay on technique (from hand position through practicing, memorizing, tone […]

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Another novel: The Piano Teacher

I recently read Elfriede Jelinek’s The Piano Teacher.  I previously had seen the arresting and controversial movie based on it, starring Isabelle Huppert.  Jelinek is Nobel Prize winning novelist who writes in the post-war Germanic realist-nihilist style, often with graphic and disturbing sexuality. As a novel for pianists, this one disappoints. The main character Erika […]

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Class taught by Chris Lewis

Chris Lewis is a pianist, organist and teacher in Vermont, and is one of the regular faculty at the Sonata adult piano camp. I think he is an unusual and remarkable analyst of piano playing, and a uniquely terrific teacher. He is a fabulously talented performer, so his methods apparently have worked for him! Chris […]

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