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.

Such a short distance from a great to a mediocre performance in the hands of a good pianist! The communicative experience of an interpretation depends only 20% on execution and 80% on character and concept. Execution ability is only the top of the iceberg. An educated artistic...

We don't need to support or encourage entertainment as it has a natural tendency of flourishing like weeds. Art, on the other hand, needs careful cultivation, like a precious garden....

Think of a popular melody and imagine how it would look like in notation. The particularities and idiosyncrasies of interpretation are between the notes and have to be discovered. Melodies of the classical repertoire have to be grasped in the same manner! You have to...

In the Classical style the smaller parts (harmonic progression) are self-similar to the larger parts (structural form) in a musical composition in a proportionate, architectural manner.

In the Romantic style or the smaller parts became more fluid while the larger parts remained classical - an evolutionary process.

In the Late-Romantic style both parts became more and more fluid until they fully dissolved, deteriorated, mixed, or scrambled in the Modern Style.

This inevitably brought musical evolution to a screeching halt (after the humanity defying inferno of the Great World War Conflict of 1914-1945) and since then stylistic cloning commenced for the past 50 odd years. But cloning prevents evolution - due to degradation - and musical language in the western world will have to consider itself possibly at a dead end by the 16th clone generation.