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England's Piano Sage: The Life and Teachings of Tobias Matthay Hardcover – December 23, 2011

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An astonishing book ... it serves as a brilliant condensation of ... fascinating insights into the lifetime and lifestyle of this deep-thinker into all matters pianistic. (Piano Journal)

Anyone interested in piano pedagogy or great piano teachers ... will find this book a fascinating and instructive read by simply opening [it] up to any page.... Highly recommended. (The Classical Music Guide)

Scarecrow Press have produced an impressive volume. ... This book. . . will encourage me to explore the legacy of his pupils with greater interest and understanding. For someone who majors in performance technique this book is a treasure trove. There is also much to interest the specialist of English music: Matthay’s compositions for piano and orchestra are explored in some depth. (MusicWeb International)

Stephen Siek has written a defining work about Tobias Matthay, a valuable addition to any piano library. At a time when the piano world is changing rapidly, Siek's detailed research into the late Victorian musical world in London is enormously readable, and places Matthay's evolving theories about piano art in context to the musical world of his times. (John Kenneth Adams, professor emeritus of piano, University of South Carolina)

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Stephen Siek is a pianist and musicologist with an extensive background in the teaching principles of Tobias Matthay. He is professor of music at Wittenberg University.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 472 pages
  • Publisher: Scarecrow Press (December 23, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0810881616
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810881617
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.5 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,601,226 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By John K. Adams on May 13, 2012
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Stephen Siek has written a defining work about Tobias Matthay, a valuable addition to any piano library. At a time when the piano world is changing rapidly, Siek's detailed research into the late Victorian musical world in London is enormously readable, and places Matthay's evolving theories about piano art in context to the musical world of his times. As with many visionaries, Matthay has had his share of detractors over the years, but his long line of distinquished students, many of whom became household names, attests to the power of his influence, still felt today. The art of Dame Myra Hess, Dame Moura Lympany, Sir Clifford Curzon and many others is affirmation enough for Matthay's musical genius.
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Tobias Matthay's life is an inspiration and his teachings invaluable. I highly recommend this book to pianists and piano teachers. Dr. Siek brings clarity of thought and integrity to his monumental research of England's Piano Sage.
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Purchased as a gift for a student of a Matthay Trained teacher, this book was lovingly received and greatly praised for its detail and accuracy. Expense is warranted as it is the only known book about this pioneer. When funds are available - will purchase for myself as well.
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