The Pianist’s Reflections Series
How do you feel when so-called “experts” say things that just don’t match your experience? Is their academic learning superior to your practical experience?
Does the input of the “expert” leave you feeling more, or less confident than you were before?
I firmly believe that practical experience and academic learning should ideally go hand in hand – the one neither replacing nor outbalancing the other.
But it’s helpful to consider how the right balance between the two is best achieved, because different temperaments tend to be drawn more to one or the other. Western society as a whole perhaps needs to redress that balance and listen more carefully to voices of experience.
So what can we learn from one another?
Continue reading The Pianist’s Expertise
Regular guest author Simon Reich (pictured above as a little boy) has a confession to make…
“I’d let down my piano teacher, my parents and ultimately myself, by not being able to read music better than my grades suggested”. This was the unfortunate soundtrack playing inside my head, each time I went to piano lessons.
But deep inside me a sleeping talent was about to emerge – and I didn’t yet know it!
Continue reading Confessions of a piano student.
Sheet Music Review
Schott Music, the revered German publishers founded back in 1770, are maintaining an impressive commitment to new piano music publishing projects, including a wide range of resources and publications for players of all levels.
Of particular interest to intermediate players (and their teachers) will be there ongoing “My First …” series. The first two issues (Bach and Mozart – see below) have recently been joined by “My First Schumann”, which I am delighted to review here.
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Andrew Eales: I got a nice new chair today
This week has been a bit of a struggle, with rather a lot on my plate.
On the plus side, I bought a new office chair to replace my broken one. And it’s good to celebrate small victories!
I sat down at the piano late yesterday evening and a little improvisation emerged from my fingers. At the encouragement of my family I hit the record button, and here’s my second attempt at playing around with this simple tune. I hope you enjoy it.
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Sheet Music Review
Edition HH is a publishing house founded by Norwegian musician Per Hartmann, and based in Oxfordshire, UK. Their eclectic and ever-expanding catalogue embraces contemporary scores and scholarly performing editions of rarer items in the musical repertoire, from the Renaissance to the Romantic periods.
‘Animal Jazz’ is a recent addition, a selection of 15 brand new original short pieces for piano solo composed by London-based musician Barbara Snow.
Continue reading Animal Jazz (Barbara Snow)