- Taschenbuch: 156 Seiten
- Verlag: Dover Publications (15. August 2014)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0486228673
- ISBN-13: 978-0486228679
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 13,8 x 0,9 x 21,6 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 2 Kundenrezensionen
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 99.380 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
Walter Gieseking And Karl Leimer Piano Technique (Dover Books on Music) (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 15. August 2014
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Heinrich Neuhaus, "On the art of piano playing"
Gieseking, "Piano Technique..."
Josef Lhevinne, "Piano..." (sorry, I don't remember the title, but it is the only one he wrote)
All three differ in style, but they have one in common: the authours were the three greatest pianists of the last century. Neuhaus, on top of that, was a terrific literary talent, and his book is the place where great subject meets great writing. Has it been translated? This book has been the Holy Writ of all Russian pianists.
Lhevinne's book is the shortest and the most comprehensive. It is uncanny that everthing a pianist must know about the mechanics of piano playing is given in a concentrated form in this book. Its English is not idiomatic; yet, it goes well with the whole "Russian school" thing.
The Leimer-Gieseking book is an attempt at presenting a philosophy behind their science. It is written in a heavy German style, which means you can read every other page and still get the point. The whole book can be formulated in a few short sentences, but a German-born and bred writer would never commit such a sacrilegious act ("leave it to the Russian barbarians..."). Namely, "practice with your head, not fingers; develop your inner hearing; study your scores mentally, not at the piano; cultivate your imagination of the sound-picture; visualize the physical act of playing, complementing the mental picture with a full-blooded image of the sound."
Still, READ THE BOOK, there is no excuse for being under-educated.
While I love the Neuhaus book, and found it very helpful on a general level, these books are indispensable TECHNICAL ones that do not have the pretention of going into the areas that Neuhaus treats in a much longer book, by the way.
Indeed Gieseking ? Leimar ? put great emphasis on analytic score reading as an aid to memorization and understanding music.
They are right to do so, I think.
They give important advice that EVERY PIANIST, amateur or professional, should know and understand in order to get the most out of practice time.
This advice is NOT EASY to put into practice as it necessitates great concentration, but it can be done, with great effect.
The books are both extremely technical, so you will have to use your neurons to get everything you can out of this little treasure.
They are for people who are very serious about playing the piano (as an amateur CAN be... and a professional SHOULD be...).
Although advanced students will make the most progress with them, possibly, a dedicated AND VERY MOTIVATED intermediate piano student CAN get something out of them too.
I know... I've put the advice in this book into practice and it DEFINITELY WORKS.
Like any technical instrument book, you really HAVE to read it while referring back to your own experience and sensations constantly.
One last point : a great part of this book, particularly the suggestions on analytic score reading and the organization/structure of practice time are INVALUABLE ADVICE for any person who plays a musical instrument.
Not just for pianists...even if pianists will get the most out of it.