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New Balance
Peter Jablonski has had more reason than most of us to use quarantine as a time for going back to basics. In 2018 the Swedish pianist was diagnosed with ‘frozen shoulder’ syndrome. It took 18 months of patience and therapy before he could even think
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Heroes and Hanon
DONT MISS OUR FREE ONLINE VIDEO LESSONS www.youtube.com/PianistMagazine Deutsche Grammophon bet on a winner when they scooped up Krystian Zimerman right after his victory at the Chopin Competition in 1975. He and DG have stayed loyal to each other fo
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Jean-Philippe RAMEAU (1683-1764)
French Baroque composer Jean-Philippe Rameau wrote three books of Pièces de Clavecin intended to be played on the harpsichord. They were published between 1706 and 1727. Look closely at the technical tips within the score.
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Alexey STANCHINSKY (1888-1914)
Russian composer Alexey Stanchinsky was somewhat of a child prodigy – composing and performing his first works when just six years of age. There’s no doubt that Scriabin, whom he met during his studies with Taneyev, influenced his writing. Tears was
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We’re Bringing Piano Lessons To You At Home
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Krystian Zimerman On… Beethoven’s Hearing Loss
All composers write not for the piano, but for their piano, because they get feedback from that and inspiration from what they hear. For me it was always fascinating to find out what it was that they heard. In the case of Beethoven, it’s far more com
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Cramer No 28 From Studies Op 30 (book 1)
Key C minor Tempo Moderato (minim = 60-63) Style Classical Will improve your ✔Fourth & fifth fingers ✔Sustaining chords ✔Shaping phrases Cramer who? Born in Mannheim (Germany) in 1771, Johann Baptist Cramer’s family came to London when he was three.
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Behind The Scenes
A spotlight on people and their pianos NAME OF RETAILER Richard Lawson Pianos Unit 12, Amersham Commercial Park, Raans Rd, Amersham, HP6 6FT Tel: +44 (0)1923 720974 info@richardlawsonpianos.com www.richardlawsonpianos.com After a long background in m
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Mischa Levitzki (1898-1941)
Contemporary reviewers and colleagues sometimes ran out of complimentary metaphors when describing the playing of Mischa Levitzki (1898-1941). The influential player and pedagogue Abram Chasins said ‘He was a vibrant master workman; everything was pu
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Anton ARENSKY (1861-1906)
Anton Arensky was a Romantic Russian composer, pianist and professor of music. After graduating from the St Petersburg Conservatory in 1882, he became a professor at the Moscow Conservatory. Scriabin, Rachmaninov and Gretchaninov were among his stude
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Spring Cleaning Freshen Up Your Practising Skills
This is the perfect time of year for a spring clean! For many of us, piano playing has become quite a different experience from what we were accustomed to just a year ago. While for some the daunting reality of a virtual world merely confirms the ind
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Carl REINECKE (1824-1910)
First published in 1885, this tender Prelude by German Romantic composer Carl Reinecke appears as the opening piece in his first suite of Five Serenades for the Young Op 183. Each suite comprises three to four pieces. We suggest sounding some of the
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A Weekend In The Country
Set in the grounds of Leiston Abbey in Suffolk, Pro Corda’s chamber music school has been running for over 50 years. At the start of last year – amid the flurry of uncertainty and upheaval – the organisation rebranded its piano courses for adults, na
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Win Krystian Zimerman’s New Album
Answer the question below correctly, and you could be the lucky winner to receive Krystian Zimerman’s recording of the Beethoven Complete Piano Concertos with the London Symphony Orchestra and Simon Rattle. Deadline for entries: 21 May 2021 Beethoven
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Gurlitt March Of The Tin Soldiers Op 130 No 6
Key F major Tempo March Style Romantic Will improve your ✔Rhythm ✔Chord playing ✔Hand coordination This bold and lively piece comes from German composer Cornelius Gurlitt’s 35 Easy Studies Op 130. It is full of character and charm and bounces along n
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Super Studies
Kathryn Page has appeared in concert and on television as a soloist and in chamber music. She is a teacher, adjudicator and administrator for Chetham’s International Summer School and Festival for Pianists, as well as the Manchester International Con
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The Scores
MELANIE SPANSWICK is a pianist, writer, teacher and composer. As an author, she is published by leading publishing houses, and has written a three-book piano course for those returning to piano playing; Play It Again: PIANO (Schott Music). Melanie te
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The Adventure Begins
1 Take stock of where you’re at with your piano playing at regular intervals. 2 Consolidate previous repertoire to expand your bank of enjoyably playable pieces. 3 Challenge yourself in multiple ways – tackle music by an unknown composer, enter for a
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Tips With A Twist
Streabbog The Whirlwind (p30): Your chromatic scales get a thorough workout in this delightful piece. Try out a variety of fingering choices, such as: 4321, 2132, 1432 when descending in the RH six bars before the end; 1234, 1231, 2345, 12345 for bar
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Playing With Style How To Read Beyond The Notes
WATCH GRAHAM’S ONLINE LESSONS AT WWW.PIANISTMAGAZINE.COM/LESSONS When we open a score, we may encounter an array of different types of dynamic and articulation markings telling us how the notes are to be played – or none at all, depending on the styl
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Carlos GARDEL (1890-1935) arr. Stanislav STANCHEV (b.1986)
The music to this famous tango song was written by the French Argentine singer, songwriter, composer and actor, Carlos Gardel. It was written in 1935, together with lyricist and long-time collaborator Alfredo Le Pera. Gardel and Pera tragically died
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Leopold MOZART (1719-1787)
Leopold Mozart’s Notebook for Wolfgang contains 32 pieces displaying the styles and conventions of the Classical period. According to sources, the notebook was given to Wolfgang as a present on his seventh birthday from his father Leopold. Look close
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Sheet Music Reviews
ISBN: 978-1-78936-192-6 (Debut); -193-3 (Grade 1); -194-0 (2); -195-7 (3); -196-4 (4); -197-1 (5); -198-8 (6); -199-5 (7); -200-8 (8) Rockschool began offering graded exams in 1991 and carved out a niche for themselves in the examining market through
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Daily Dose
Rather like horrible-tasting but beneficial medicine, the music of certain late 18th and early 19th century piano composers has a reputation for being hard to swallow but, ultimately, good for us. Hopefully, the suggestions below will prove that not
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Domenico SCARLATTI (1685-1757)
In his lifetime, the Italian composer Domenico Scarlatti wrote over 555 keyboard sonatas. They were intended to be played on the instruments of the day, which include harpsichord, clavichord and fortepiano. This popular D major K491 Sonata, replete w
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Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791)
The opening melody of Mozart’s Sonata No 16 in C K545 is familiar to many a budding piano student. Mozart himself, in his own thematic catalogue, called it a piece ‘for beginners’; hence its nickname ‘Sonata facile’ or ‘Sonata semplice’. Playing tips
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The Good The Bad And The Boring
Do you remember Sparky’s Magic Piano, the tale of the little boy whose piano miraculously saved him from learning the boring pieces his teacher insisted he practised? Sparky would simply run his fingers over its keys and the instrument would magicall
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Your Chance To HAVE YOUR SAY
EMAIL: editor@pianistmagazine.com WRITE TO: The Editor, Pianist, Warners Group Publications, The Maltings, West St, Bourne, PE10 9PH. Letters may be edited. Star Letter wins a CD. Further to Warwick Thompson’s article Silver Screen Pianists (Pianist
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Master Of His Craft
It’s early December 2020 and in LSO St Luke’s, Krystian Zimerman and his piano technician are hard at work. The piano – Zimerman’s own, with which he usually travels – is opened and the entire action is removed. A large steel case the length of the k
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