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On Piano Playing: Motion, Sound, and Expression
On Piano Playing: Motion, Sound, and Expression
by György Sándor
Edition: Paperback
Price: $176.95
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19 of 31 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A solid read, January 7, 2001
This book is worth reading for beginners and intermediate students of the piano. For the advanced student, it should be relatively basic. It is very well organized, and presents many fundamentals of piano technique. My biggest problem with the book is that it is a little dry, i.e. does not really inspire. For that, turn to Neuhaus and Bernstein. I also strongly disagree with the concept of the 'hand drop' technique (by pure gravity alone). This is nonsense, nobody plays like that, although they might THINK that they do - which is altogether something different!
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With Your Own Two Hands: Self-Discovery Through Music
With Your Own Two Hands: Self-Discovery Through Music
by Seymour Bernstein
Edition: Paperback
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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A jewel of a book, January 7, 2001
There are two books on piano playing that should be a must read for all serious pianists. One is Neuhaus' 'The Art of Piano Playing', and the second is this one. Mr. Bernstein not only demonstrates a profound understanding of the challenges facing all aspiring and accomplished pianists, but provides invaluable advice on how to tackle all of these. It is an absolute must. You won't regret it - I learned more in 2 hours of reading that in months, perhaps years, of practicing.


Great Contemporary Pianists Speak for Themselves (Dover Books on Music)
Great Contemporary Pianists Speak for Themselves (Dover Books on Music)
by Elyse Mach
Edition: Paperback
Price: $13.13
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The masters speak for themselves, December 11, 2000
This is a very good and interesting book for all pianists and lovers of piano music. Although all the interviews are by the author are polite and hardly provocative, each of the (very different!) personalities provide both entertaining comments and valuable insight.


The Art of Practicing: A Guide to Making Music from the Heart
The Art of Practicing: A Guide to Making Music from the Heart
by Madeline Bruser
Edition: Paperback
Price: $10.84
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very useful for pianists, December 11, 2000
This book is definately worth while for most musicians, particularly pianists. Some of the suggestions are common sense, but it certainly helps to read these things every so often. I strongly believe that Ms. Bruser's method works. In fact, it is not so much a method, as some advice on how to practice in a different, more enjoyable, and more effective manner. I do believe - also from experience - that a lot of hours spent practicing are wasted if not accompanied by the right mental (and physical) approach.


Piano Technique (Dover Books on Music)
Piano Technique (Dover Books on Music)
by Karl Leimer
Edition: Paperback
Price: $8.46
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52 of 60 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Moderately interesting, December 11, 2000
This book is useful for piano students, but not one of the best in the category. The content relates much to the method of analyzing scores for the purposes of understand structures, and aiding memorization. There are other sections as well, which are mildly more interesting. To get true and solid advice, go for Art of Piano Playing by Henrich Neuhaus.
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The Art of Piano Playing
The Art of Piano Playing
by Genrikh Gustavovich Neĭgauz
Edition: Paperback

26 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for all pianists alike, December 11, 2000
This book is simply outstanding. It should in fact be standard reading for all piano students and professionals alike, and even to some extent qualifies as a reference on artistic piano playing. It is excellently well written, entertaining, funny, inspiring, and very educational. It is well worth reading many times, since the profundity of some of the advice given actually needs digestion and experimentation at the piano to fully grasp. It is a crime that this book is out of print.


ASPECTS OF THE NOVEL
ASPECTS OF THE NOVEL
by E. M. Forster
Edition: Paperback
Price: $10.22
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Invaluable and deeply insightful, October 5, 2000
This review is from: ASPECTS OF THE NOVEL (Paperback)
This very unusual book is highly recommended to all lovers of classical or even modern literature. It provides some fascinating insight into the creative process, as well as a deeper understanding of the artist E.M. Forster.Invaluable criticism and advice from perhaps the greatest English writer ever.


Chopin: Pianist and Teacher: As Seen by his Pupils
Chopin: Pianist and Teacher: As Seen by his Pupils
by Jean-Jacques Eigeldinger
Edition: Paperback
Price: $47.17
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for Chopin fans, October 5, 2000
This is an excellent and well documented work. Anyone who tries to play Chopin or has an amibition to do so, should read this. It goes straight to the heart of Chopins entire musical philisophy, and gives not only insight into the artist himself, but solid and sound advice on practicing, technique, and interpretation. Strongly recommended.


Music, The Brain, And Ecstasy: How Music Captures Our Imagination
Music, The Brain, And Ecstasy: How Music Captures Our Imagination
by Robert Jourdain
Edition: Paperback
Price: $10.70
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9 of 38 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing, October 5, 2000
This book was to me a complete waste of time. It contains everything from the physiology of the inner ear, the brain, to Beethoven, and the theme from the Pink Panther; scattered facts with no coherency what so ever. It presents no new facts, and not even any new ideas. The author never asks himself the question 'Why is this important?' For example: It is mentioned that the reason why an interval is dissonant is because it falls within a socalled 'critical band' of hearing. That might be interesting trivia, but does it add anything to our understanding of music? I think not. At one point the author writes 'Fortunately you don't need to understand the brain to be able to use it'. Exactly! So what is the point of this book? Music is an emotional and spiritual experience. The author has once and for all proven that looking for musical enlightment via a pseudo-scientific discourse as impossible as trying to locate the human soul by brain surgery, and as meaningless.
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