The Pedals of the Piano-forte and Their Relation to Piano-forte Playing and the Teaching of Composition and Acoustics: Four Lectures Delivered at the Conservatory of Music, in Vienna

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T. Presser, 1893 - Piano - 99 pages

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Page 3 - It is not too much to say that the effect of almost all modern piano music (from the earliest compositions of Thalberg and Liszt,) depends upon its skillful use, and yet no question of technic has been so much neglected. While touch has been analyzed in the most minute manner, every movement of...
Page 86 - In grand pianos its effect is to cause a slight movement of the keyboard to the right, in consequence of which the hammer strikes one string, or sometimes two, instead of three, thus, with the same strength of touch, producing a softer tone.
Page 84 - Possibly a greater familiarity with the Kunstpedal might have proved its limitations less irksome than they at first sight appeared, but all teachers united in agreeing that its management was too complicated.
Page 78 - As a matter of fact, the difference is not so great as might appear, for the insurance with reserved payments has also the element of mutuality in it.
Page 3 - ... at its best, the fault possibly lies in the fact that it has not been fully understood how to exhaust the capabilities of the pedal.
Page 86 - During its use care must be taken not to play forte, since the single string cannot bear as strong a blow as the three.
Page 87 - It has been repeatedly used in concerts with such success that no uninitiated hearer suspected the employment of any especial contrivance...
Page 5 - Thus far the question hardly seems to have gone beyond the standpoint of instinctive feeling on the part of the player...
Page 91 - If, in many cases, the pedal be used as they themselves have prescribed, the effect to the ear is like that to the eye when a wet sponge is passed over a pencil drawing or when one writes with ink on blotting paper.
Page 52 - A good example of this is found in the first movement of Schumann's Sonata in G minor:— Ausserst rasch.

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