Video: Jeremy Denk’s Piano Lessons : The New Yorker
This is just too good. (click picture for link) :)
“Hush!” (aka “The Concert”), 1875, James Tissot. (via)
Let’s face it: Pianists are often told that the mere act of producing sound on a piano is “too easy”! It is certainly true that pianists do not have to be concerned with breathing or intonation. However, much effort is directed towards becoming physically involved with sound production. Pianists often include these aspects when discussing music. Technique study for pianists involves intense listening to enable a singing line that includes breaths in appropriate places. It includes hearing harmonies, voicing, and discriminatory listening for tone and timbre. We speak of linking notes with the fingers for the development of a seamless, supported legato. In short, we strive to hear our repertoire in a symphonic sense, borrowing generously from the language used by our fellow instrumentalists and singers. — Terence Dawson: Collaborative Piano and the developing Musician (via sonateharder)
Ravel and Stravinsky.
Daniel Barenboim with Jacqueline Du Pré, Itzhak Perlman, and Arthur Rubinstein
Every night when I go to bed, I hope that I may never wake again, and every morning renews my grief. — Franz Schubert
Meanwhile on Youtube…
A lone Russian violinist atop a tank in the First World War, c. unknown
Edit by facepalmmozart:
Except, he’s not Russian.
British violinist Albert Sammons atop a tank in Trafalgar Square, ca. 1916
(Source: leadingtone, via facepalmmozart)
Fingerprint is a musical tour of the world through the strings of Jay Kauffman’s guitar. It is a refreshingly original collection of music inspired by folk and popular idioms from around the globe. It features some of his most popular, published works.