Famous Pianists & Their Technique

Front Cover
Indiana University Press, 2007 - Music - 608 pages

Famous Pianists and Their Technique has been a standard in the field since its first publication in 1974. This widely used and acclaimed history of piano technical thought includes insights into the techniques of masters such as C.P.E. Bach, Bartók, Beethoven, Brahms, Chopin, Clementi, Czerny, Debussy, Godowsky, Horowitz, Levinskaya, Leschetizky, the Lhevinnes, Liszt, Mozart, Prokofiev, Ravel, Rubinstein, and Schubert, among others.

Called "the bible of piano technique" by Maurice Hinson, this book is a comprehensive resource for the student, teacher, and professional pianist who seek to discover the secrets of how the immortal professional pianists developed and polished their mechanical and musical technique. This expanded edition contains a foreword by Alan Walker, a new preface, and multiple new appendices.

What people are saying - Write a review

We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.

Contents

The Meaning of Technique
1
The Early Clavier Methods
9
The Beginnings of the Piano
35
Mozart and the Early Piano Technique
49
The Culmination of the Viennese
65
The Dynamic Beethoven Technique
81
Technique Personified
103
The Early Methodology
121
Russian Nationalism
287
The French School
315
Breithaupt and Weight Technique
329
Matthay His Pupils and Colleagues
361
Piano Technique Comes of Age
407
Contemporary Technical Thought
447
The Perspectives of an Enlightened Piano Technique
507
The Aesthetic Imperative
519

The Lyricism of Chopin
143
Liszt and Virtuoso Technique
171
The Schumann Circle
197
The Beginnings of Modern Technical Methods
229
The Leschetizky Influence
271
Historical Concepts and Perspectives of Piano Technical Thought
554
Bibliography
567
Glossary
591
Copyright

Other editions - View all

About the author (2007)

Reginald R. Gerig is Professor of Piano Emeritus at Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois, where he taught from 1952 to 1987, having served as Chair of the Piano Department for fourteen of those years. He was previously also on faculty at the Eastman School of Music and received several degrees from The Juilliard School of Music.

Bibliographic information