Pianist to Pianist

A collection of pianistic, pedagogical, methodical, musical, artistic, and cultural contemplations, concepts, observations, and concerns, from pianist to pianist, pedagogue to pedagogue, musician to musician and from a curious and critical observer.

Pianists often compensate for lack of natural melodic line by forced tempo and dynamics. Melodic connection is thus missing in action: lost because of untargeted and unreleased tension and replaced by volume and volatility....

The pianist must place and color some notes in the context of a larger musical structure, e.g. a phrase, in the same way as Ivan Konstantinovich Aivazovsky placed specks of white in exactly this spot and in exactly that direction in context of The Ninth...

Musical interpretation is about discovering the hierarchical order and the connections between notes, gestures, motives, melodies, harmonies, phrases, cadences, rhythm, and form. Musical narrative obeys principles like the surfer obeys the wave, which is created by the force of gravity (rhythm), cyclical movement of the tide...