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.

Your content on stage is not identical with its container, the performance itself. The objective quality of your performance is important but the audience's perception of your performance is vastly dependent on your own concept of yourself, and initially almost independent of what you perceive...

Slurs in the piano score may have three different meanings:

1) The tie-over slur
To connect notes over the bar line, as well as subdivision within the bar.

2) Phrasing
The phrasing slur comes from the voice: when do I breathe, how long is the phrase or sentence, what belongs in one narrative unit. The singer's voice doesn't need instruction for articulation, because the words contain implicit articulation. The composer only writes phrasing slurs in non vocal music when it is absolute necessary and in addition, elaboration, or sometimes even contradiction to the prevalent and general reading of the score at the time.

3) Articulation
The articulation slur comes from the violin: when do I change or interrupt bow direction, how long is the group or word, what belongs in one kinesthetic (movement) unit. The composer only writes articulation slurs when it is absolute necessary and in addition, elaboration, or sometimes even contradiction to the prevalent and general reading of the score at the time.

In an extended US concert tour, Anton Rubinstein performed 215 recitals during the period of about 250 days in 1872. He expressed, that "it ended in me despising art, myself, and humanity." He was under strict contract to perform according to a schedule made by an...

Heart and mind are reflected in arts and sciences. And as one has to think with one's heart and to feel with one's mind, one should pursue art scientifically and science artistically. To see truth in beauty and beauty in order....