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This book is EXCELLENT. It makes sense, and unifies disparate elements of the playing process, such as the needs for elegant movement, effortlessness, concentration on musical tone. Granted it was written over a hundred years ago; but the instrument of the piano has not changed, and his advice can be taken with a pinch of salt here and there. Having read probably 100 books on piano playing, I think Deppe's is the best. It is much more digestable than Mathay. It appears to follow in a cogent line from Bach through Chopin - little phrases crop up in each of them, such as the importance of the light hand, brought to the right place so that the finger can drop effortlessly.