The Van Gogh Quartet: A Writer Rediscovers His Process: Volume 1

The Van Gogh Quartet: A Writer Rediscovers His Process: Volume 1

It is 1973, and the Los Angeles Presse-Syndicat’s thirtyish music-arts “stringer” Axel Haberley believes in the arts’ cross-fertilization. With a passion for Vincent Van Gogh, an editor willing to let him “file pieces” from abroad, and passable college French, Axel plans a cultural wanderjahr. The Van Gogh Quartet is a true story which reads like a novel. Travelling with his young love interest Daphne, and stumbling onto an unknown Van Gogh work, what “Axie” really finds is the subject on his own canvas: Himself. THE VAN GOGH QUARTET reveals a picaresque best—the treasure which is one’s own life’s meaning.

Piano Lessons with Claudio Arrau

A Guide to His Philosophy and Techniques

Piano Lessons with Claudio Arrau

Piano Lessons with Claudio Arrau provides an insider's view of the art of piano performance as exemplified by one of the great artists of the twentieth century. Chilean pianist Claudio Arrau devoted his life to the piano and its music. As a child prodigy, he gained national recognition from government officials in Chile, including President Pedro Montt, who funded Arrau's education in Germany. Arrau studied in Berlin with Martin Krause, a pupil of Franz Liszt, and later immigrated to New York City where he taught and mentored a sizeable group of pupils while at the same time managing an international performing career. Arrau's profound musical insight and unique style of teaching inspired his pupils and motivated them to teach his principles to the next generation of students. This in-depth study of Arrau's principles and philosophy of technique and performance draws on information from published interviews with Arrau, from numerous interviews with Arrau's pupils, and from the author's experience in studying piano with two of them. Transcripts of actual lessons given by Arrau and preserved on tape present in his own words a detailed account of his technical and interpretive ideas about five major works of the piano repertory. References to over one hundred examples from Arrau's filmed recordings enable readers to observe the elements of Arrau's famed technique in action.

Piano Sonatas, Volume 1 (Nos. 1-8)

Piano Sonatas, Volume 1 (Nos. 1-8)

Beethoven wrote 32 sonatas for piano. Volume 1, edited by Stewart Gordon, includes the first 8 sonatas (Op. 2, Nos. 1-3; Op. 7; Op. 10, Nos. 1-3; and Op. 13 ["Pathétique"]), written between 1795 and 1799. Since these autographs no longer exist, this edition is based on the first editions, published by various Viennese engravers. Dr. Gordon discusses a variety of topics including Beethoven's life; the pianos of his time and their limitations; Beethoven's use of articulation, ornamentation, tempo; and the age-old challenge of attempting to determine the definitive interpretation of Beethoven's music. Valuable performance recommendations, helpful fingering suggestions and ornament realizations are offered in this comprehensive critical body of Beethoven's sonatas. Where performance options are open to interpretation, other editors' conclusions are noted, enabling students and teachers to make informed performance decisions.

Piano Playground

25 Playful Piano Pieces for Lessons and Concerts

Piano Playground

- Easy pop pieces for piano - Great motivation for children - Playable from the 3rd year of learning Had enough of "Für Elise"? Want something more fun to motivate your pupils? In Piano Playground successful author Hans-Günter Heumann brings together new original piano pieces that can be learned quickly and cover a wide stylistic range to motivate and inspire children while having fun! Pieces like Whitewater Rafting, Plate Spinning or Cool Jazz Cats stimulate the imagination and motivate kids to discover the new repertoire. The book is an ideal complement to any piano lesson. Fun guaranteed! While Volume 1 (ED 22980) contains very easy pieces, some of which can be learned quickly in the first year of lessons, Volume 2 gets a little harder. But it's still easy enough that children do not lose their motivation and gain a real sense of achievement early on in their learning.

Suzuki Piano School

Suzuki Piano School

The New International Edition of Suzuki Piano School, Volume 1 includes French, German and Spanish translations as well as a newly recorded CD performed by internationally renowned recording artist Seizo Azuma. Now the book and CD can be purchased together or separately. While the music selections in Volume 1 remain the same as the earlier edition, the spacious new engraving with minimal editing generally keeps only one piece per page. Instruction material in many pieces from Volume 1 has been removed in lieu of right-hand studies at the top of the page and left-hand studies at the bottom. Tempo markings are now included on many pieces. Titles: "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star" Variations (Shinichi Suzuki) * Lightly Row (German Folk Song) * The Honeybee (Bohemian Folk Song) * Cuckoo (German Folk Song) * Lightly Row (German Folk Song) * French Children's Song (French Folk Song) * London Bridge (English Folk Song) * Mary Had a Little Lamb (American Nursery Song) * Go Tell Aunt Rhody (Folk Song) * Au Clair de la Lune (J. B. Lully) * Long, Long Ago (T. H. Bayly) * Little Playmates (F. X. Chwatal) * Chant Arabe (Anonymous) * Allegretto 1 (C. Czerny) * Goodbye to Winter (Folk Song) * Allegretto 2 (C. Czerny) * Christmas-Day Secrets (T. Dutton) * Allegro (S. Suzuki) * Musette (Anonymous). The International editions include an updated title page that designates the book as the International Edition.

Piano Pedagogy

A Research and Information Guide

Piano Pedagogy

Piano Pedagogy: A Research and Information Guide provides a detailed outline of resources available for research and/or training in piano pedagogy. Like its companion volumes in the Routledge Music Bibliographies series, it serves beginning and advanced students and scholars as a basic guide to current research in the field. The book will includes bibliographies, research guides, encyclopedias, works from other disciplines that are related to piano pedagogy, current sources spanning all formats, including books, journals, audio and video recordings, and electronic sources.

Suzuki Piano School

Suzuki Piano School

The New International Edition of Suzuki Piano School, Volume 1 includes French, German and Spanish translations as well as a newly recorded CD performed by internationally renowned recording artist Seizo Azuma. Now the book and CD can be purchased together or separately. While the music selections in Volume 1 remain the same as the earlier edition, the spacious new engraving with minimal editing generally keeps only one piece per page. Instruction material in many pieces from Volume 1 has been removed in lieu of right-hand studies at the top of the page and left-hand studies at the bottom. Tempo markings are now included on many pieces. Titles: "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star" Variations (Shinichi Suzuki) * Lightly Row (German Folk Song) * The Honeybee (Bohemian Folk Song) * Cuckoo (German Folk Song) * Lightly Row (German Folk Song) * French Children's Song (French Folk Song) * London Bridge (English Folk Song) * Mary Had a Little Lamb (American Nursery Song) * Go Tell Aunt Rhody (Folk Song) * Au Clair de la Lune (J. B. Lully) * Long, Long Ago (T. H. Bayly) * Little Playmates (F. X. Chwatal) * Chant Arabe (Anonymous) * Allegretto 1 (C. Czerny) * Goodbye to Winter (Folk Song) * Allegretto 2 (C. Czerny) * Christmas-Day Secrets (T. Dutton) * Allegro (S. Suzuki) * Musette (Anonymous).

Lev Gunin, 22 Preludes for Piano (scores, preface, and short bio) - volume 1

Lev Gunin, 22 Preludes for Piano (scores, preface, and short bio) - volume 1

Lev Gunin’s 22 Preludes are an excellent choice for pianists, piano teachers, and students. Various by character and composition technique, these works can become a studying subject for composers, musicologists and theoreticians. 22 Preludes by Lev Gunin is an original piano circle, composed in 1970-1980-s in the Baltic Region (Belarus, Lithuania and St.-Petersburg), and edited in Montréal (Québec). 22 Preludes are an excellent choice for pianist, piano teachers, and students. Various by character and composition technique, these works can become a studying subject for composers, musicologists and theoreticians. They also are suitable for wide audience of listeners and all music lovers. Original by ideas and realization, they are suitable for wide audience (from pianists-virtuosos, to beginners and amateurs). Depth of the emotional and figurative contents, a diversity of piano techniques and characters make them a desirable part of performing and educational repertoire.

Best of Piano Classics

50 Famous Pieces for Piano

Best of Piano Classics

Selected for pupils in their first years of piano lessons, this volume contains 50 of the most beautiful original compositions for piano from the days of Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) to the days of Alexander Grechaninov, providing playing material from the baroque period to the early 20th century. Apart from numerous individual pieces, it also contains easy sonatas and sonatinas by Haydn, Clementi, Mozart, and Beethoven. Complete with fingerings, tempo suggestions and notes on the execution of ornaments, this collection with its modern and reader-friendly layout is ideal for lessons and for playing at home.