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On piano playing : motion, sound, and expression

Author: György Sándor
Publisher: New York : Schirmer Books ; London : Collier Macmillan, ©1981.
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Points out common errors pianists make, shows the correct way to play basic technical patterns, and gives exercises for improving coordination, strength, and flexibility.

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Sándor, György, 1912-2005.
On piano playing.
New York : Schirmer Books ; London : Collier Macmillan, ©1981
(OCoLC)654691946
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: György Sándor
ISBN: 0028722809 9780028722801
OCLC Number: 7460035
Notes: Includes index.
Description: xii, 240 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: The determining factors in piano technique : 1. Music, motions and emotions : Modification of sound and human emotions ; Composer, performer, listener ; Coordination, independence, and interdependence ; Force of gravity and the muscles ; Pressure, weight and stress ; Tone quality --
2. The piano : The most complete instrument ; Forerunners of the piano ; Transcriptions and ornamentation ; The hand's reach ; Sound production ; Volume and tone quality --
3. The human performing mechanism : Coordination of the small and large muscles ; Extensors, flexors, biceps, and triceps ; Fingers, hand, forearm, and upper arm ; The shoulder ; Torso, back and chest muscles, and the diaphragm ; Sitting positions ; The feet and the bench --
Basic technical patterns : 4. Free fall : Gravity and our muscles ; The role of weight ; Lifting, drop, landing, and rebound ; guidelines, exercises, and examples --
5. Five-fingers, scales, and Arpeggios : Anatomy of the fingers and thumb ; Horizontal and vertical adjusting motions ; Use of the thumb ; The upper arm and body ; Shifting in arpeggios ; Note groupings and legato ; Use of the damper ; Phrase endings ; Guidelines, exercises, and examples --
6. Rotation : Anatomy of the forearm ; Pronation and supination ; Axial rotation ; Fingers, forearm, and elbow ; Lateral motions ; Guidelines, exercises, and examples --
7. Staccato : The "wrist" staccato ; Roles of the fingers, hand, forearm, and upper arm ; Lift and rebound ; White and black keys ; Staccato and legato octaves ; Guidelines, exercises, and examples --
8. Thrust : Thrust versus free fall ; When to use thrust ; Guidelines, exercises, and examples --
9. Summary of the basic technical patterns : Five motion patterns and the score ; The slur as modifier of technique ; The wrist and phrasing ; Variety in the application of staccato ; The trill --
Technique becomes music : 10: Identification and application of the basic technical patterns : Symbols for the five basic motions; wrist positions and touch forms ; Skill and artistry ; How to play the exposition of Beethoven's "Waldstein" Sonata ; A variant of a familiar basic motion --
11. Independence and interdependence : The goal: coordination, not muscle building ; The principal adjusting motions ; Active and passive motions ; Finger exercises ; The human warning system --
12. The pedals : Evolution of the pedal ; Pedal nomenclature ; Uses of the three pedals ; Pedal markings ; Partial pedals and the pedal tremolo ; The pedal in Baroque and pre-Baroque music ; Combining pedals ; The ear as master --
13. Singing tone : The expressive capability of the piano ; The role of the equipment ; Cushioning or pressure ; The piano as "love object" ; The shoulders and the role of weight --
14. Practicing : Mechanical versus conscious practicing ; Varying rhythmic patterns ; Slow practice ; Metrically uneven practice ; The conscious, subconscious, and automatic centers ; Creativity ; Mental practice --
15. Memorization : Why memorize? ; When to memorize ; Visual, acoustic, motoric, and intellectual memory ; Memory slips --
16. Musical diction : The language of music ; Upbeats and downbeats ; Means of emphasis ; Flexibility ; Crescendos ; The "negative" emphasis" ; Ornamental passages ; Appoggiaturas and grace notes ; Ritardando and accelerando ; The intangibles ; Tension and release ; The piano as orchestra ; The human voice ; Singing tone at any cost? ; Rubato ; The fermata ; Slurs ; National and regional characteristics --
17. Public performance : Performance: the ultimate issue ; The performer as teacher ; The expected and the unexpected at concerts ; Physiological and psychological factors ; Establishing the right tempo ; The telling pause: on stage and in the recording studio ; Criteria for recordings versus live performances ; The audiovisual film --
18. Mannerisms and excess energy : Mannerisms: manifestations of excess energy as a gauge of well- or malfunctioning technique ; Spontaneous and cultivated mannerisms ; "Showmanship" ; The value of slow, flexible movements ; A mannerism sampler ; "Yes-yes" and "No-no" ; Walking off stage ; Beware of excess energy!.
Responsibility: Gyorgy Sandor.
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Preface. PART ONE: THE DETERMINING FACTORS IN PIANO TECHNIQUE. 1. Music, Motions and Emotions. 2. The Piano. 3. The Human Performing Mechanism. PART TWO: BASIC TECHNICAL PATTERNS. 4. Free Fall. 5. Read more...

 
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