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  • 24 June 2020
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    E–book [Great Pianists on Piano Playing: Study Talks with Foremost Virtuosos by James Francis Cooke] Ó James Francis Cooke This book of interviews with great pianists of the early 20th Century fell into my hands by accident as a gift twice removed from an elderly woman who loved the piano and knew that I did as well Originially publish

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Great Pianists on Piano Playing: Study Talks with Foremost Virtuosos by James Francis Cooke

James Francis Cooke ✓ 5 review review Great Pianists on Piano Playing: Study Talks with Foremost Virtuosos by James Francis Cooke ã PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Ntary from Bachaus Carreño Gabrilowitsch Godowsky Hofmann Lhévinne Scharwenka and other mastersContaining a wealth of information and practical advice including biographical sketches of each musician Great Pianists on Piano Playing is a one of a kind collection that piano students teachers and any music lover will treasure. 3 34 stars

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James Francis Cooke ✓ 5 review review Great Pianists on Piano Playing: Study Talks with Foremost Virtuosos by James Francis Cooke ã PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Learning from a virtuoso is something that any piano student would love to do But while master classes are rare this remarkable book allows us to share the thoughts musical insights and experience of the world's greatest pianistsIn 28 separate interviews these legendary artists talk about piano techniue musical development w. This book of interviews with great pianists of the early 20th Century fell into my hands by accident as a gift twice removed from an elderly woman who loved the piano and knew that I did as well Originially published in 1917 Great Pianists On Piano Playing consists of interviews arranged in the form of essays with 28 great pianists and teachers The American pianist and author James Francis Cooke 1875 1960 conducted the interviews and wrote two introductory essays Cooke also prepared biographical sketches of each of the 28 pianists he interviewed and in addition prepared study uestions for each interview to assist in the reader s understandingAs an amateur pianist for many years I loved this book I enjoyed getting to know the pianists Some of course are still famous including Rachmaninoff Paderewski de Pachmann Busoni Bachaus and others while some other pianists in the volume famous in their day are now less well known Each of the artists took the piano ahd music highly seriously and their comments have a great deal to teach Many of the essays are geared to the difficult process of becoming a concert or virtuoso pianist but the essays are of great values for amateur pianists and teachers as well I also enjoyed the book for the insights it gave into life in Europe and America just before the Great War There is a degree of social history which may be learned as a by product from these essays as the writing style formality and in some instances preconeptions of the era differ from those of the early 21st Century Readers will not mistake these essays for contemporary writingsEach pianist offers his or her five of the pianists are women on music piano performance and piano study The essays offer varying perspectives on piano techniue what it is and how it is to be learned Most but not all of the pianists favor substantial technical work for pianists including scales arpeggios and etudes by for example Czerny Virtually all of the pianists recommend the serious study of Bach to aspiring pianists at all levelsSeveral essays discuss the importance of piano practice and emphasize the importance of regular effort concentration and not wasting one s time during practice There are discussions of various pianistic methods none of which are to be rigidly followed and of acuiring a beautiful touch learning to play with accuracy and the study of phrasing and rhythmThere are essays on the teaching of the piano in Russia Hungary and the United States Several of the contributors offer comments on what at the time of the interviews was the contemporary state of piano music More than one contributor for example speaks highly of the music of the American composer Edward MacDowell whose music today is too little heard There are two essays by Katherine Goodson and Ernest Schelling that offer insights into the process of learning a new pieceAn overriding theme of the volume is that learning the piano reuires dedication and hard work But the primary theme of the essays is that flawless mechanical techniue is only a means to an end Pianism from the beginner to the virtuoso level reuires love and understanding of the music and the development of informed musical individuality and personality Work and the development of a personal musical style are the pervasive themes of the volume One of my favorite essays in this book is Rachmaninoff s He describes well musical training in Russian conservatories including the emphasis on techniue and on the use of Hanon s studies but he is clear that techniue is only a beginning Rachmaninoff saysWhile of course the student must play the notes and all of the notes in the manner and in the time in which the composer intended that they should be played his efforts should by no means stop with notes Every individual note in a composition is important but there is something uite as important as the notes and that is the soul After all the vital spark is the soul The soul is the source of that higher expression in musidc which cannot be represented in dynamic marks The soul feels the need for the crescendos and diminuendos intuitively The mere matter of the duration of a pause upon a note depends upon its significance and the soul of the artist dictates to him just how long such a pause should be held If the student resorts to mechanical rules and depends upon them absolutely his playing will be soullessIt is important to learn the techniue of the instrument but it is vital and essential to play with what Rachmaninoff calls soulI enjoyed learning about the history of this book It was published first in 1917 The Dover edition which I received as a gift was published in 1999 but is now out of print and apparently rare There are two current editions available of this book which I have not seenThis book was a chance but lovely gift from a pianist who thought of me even though I didn t know her very well The circumstances of me finding the book and its content made this a special volumeRobin Friedman

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James Francis Cooke ✓ 5 review review Great Pianists on Piano Playing: Study Talks with Foremost Virtuosos by James Francis Cooke ã PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Hat is reuired to achieve virtuoso piano artistry and many other topics related to keyboard performance Included are Busoni's Important Details in Piano Study Rachmaninoff's Essentials of Artistic Playing Paderewski's Breadth in Musical Art Grainger's Modernism in Pianoforte Study as well as fascinating perceptions and comme. This is a collection of interviews with famous pianists during the late 1800s and early 1900s short enough to read in a sitting or two My principal reason for reading this was for the practical advice but it is also interesting from a historical and biographical perspective Many of the composers give detailed accounts of their musical upbringing who they studied under and the pedagogical methods they employed etcIt is interesting to note the areas in which these pianists all give identical advice Virtually all of the composers mention Bach s compositions as indispensable for the student and most also advocate scales and arpeggios as the foundation for techniue At least three pianists in these interviews specifically state that one should practice for no than two hours at a time after that the mind is too exhausted to get much out of practice Pepito Arriola goes so far as to say that he never practiced than two hours a day in his entire lifeOf course there are areas where the pianists all disagree especially on the value of technical exercises in the vein of Czerny Hanon et cetera Backhaus Bauer Hoffman Pauer and others are against using technical methods at all Some like Carre o Sauer and Arriola do advocate their use However even the pianists in the pro studies camp are really only luke warm on the idea and caution that too many studies are counterproductive Backhaus claims that scales arpeggios and Bach are the foundation on which his technical work was built and nothing else is necessary Other issues like interpretation and touch are only touched on by a few pianists each in this bookThe most valuable advice in this book is a list of ten tips given by Fanny Bloomfield Zeisler on how to practice pieces it includes breaking works into small sections working on each section until it is mastered before moving on to the next one and then stitching them together This specific techniue is also advocated by Schelling She also advocates playing slowly enough that you can play with the correct dynamics fingering accents etc from the beginning There is much advice in this book most of it worth at least pondering