The Pianist's Craft is a collection of 19 essays discussing the teaching, preparation, and performance of some of the most accomplished piano composers. Included are works by Bach, Haydn, Gershwin, Brahms, Liszt, and Chopin. The contributors are all recognized contributors to piano composition and include artists, teachers, recording artists, and clinicians. They discuss in depth such topics as the composer's tempo, articulation, dynamics, lyricism, and instrumentation. This book is meant for those studying piano at the advanced level, including pianists, instructors, and music scholars.
(American Reference Books Annual)
The book is a wonderful resource for teachers and students at the intermediate to advanced level of performance. Each chapter is devoted to a single composer; one author writes about the preparation, teaching and performing of that composer's works with regard to tempo, articulation, dynamics, ornamentation, repetitions and pedaling. More that 250 musical examples are included in the book.
Additionally, unique influences on each composer are discovered, creating better understanding and interpretation of the music
One will be grateful for the advice given on how to approach the technical demands found in the compositions of Rachmanioff and Scriabin and will be rewarded with information satisfying one's curiosity about Scriabin's synesthesia
...an imperative read, and an indispensable aid to the pianist (American Music Teacher)
Although most of the authors focus on the advanced literature, many of the fine ideas can be applied to the intermediate-level teaching repertoire. This book would be most helpful for experienced teachers or performers wishing to expand their understanding of the keyboard repertoire under the guidance of expert scholars and master teachers.