A Journey to Meet Beethoven
This is a book to help you learn to play the piano. It is not a 'Learn the Piano in Ten Easy Lessons' tutor - plenty of those exist - but an adventure introducing you to the world of music and stirring your imagination. Beginning with simple pieces, as you are fed with more knowledge the compositions become more advanced. They are all by composers whose works range from a 14th century Venetian dance to a 20th century South American tango. Your journey takes you through sixty-eight pieces wth their historical and geographical backgrounds, the last being the much-loved first movement of Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata. Hence the title.
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This is a book by a remarkable piano teacher and it shares and transmits her passion, humour, and vast experience, with a lightness of touch and attention to detail. It would be a great way to learn the piano - I highly recommend it. Pat was my piano teacher for 15 years starting when I was two ('lend me a finger' and up the clock we went with the mouse). She taught many of my friends and relations and we all loved her lessons. She drew wonderful elaborate pictures to help us remember fingering and intervals. She made up marvelous names for exercises (guess what 'porridge' is? - clue: it's very good for strengthening fingers) and cheered us on even when we were lazy, recalcitrant or distracted. Pat made the piano - all music - an essential part of my life, and taught me to love making and listening to music, to feel composers were almost like friends, and to enjoy making up music too. I would give this book to any adult who might be thinking of learning the piano.