The Pianist's Guide to Historic Improvisation

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ISBN-13: 978-0190920401
ISBN-10: 0190920408
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"This book fills an important niche in the world of piano and keyboard pedagogy. In each of the chapters Mortensen encourages the reader's creativity, simultaneously exposing the musical building blocks used by some of the great composers and allowing the reader to apply those same compositional
techniques to improvising in a stylistically-appropriate way." -- Kate Boyd, Professor of Music at Butler University


"Any language study based solely on reading without speaking, would be incomplete. Similarly, the study of improvisation is indispensable for learning music. In this important book John Mortensen wonderfully demystifies the creative process and presents a clear and gradual method for learning to
speak the language of J. S. Bach and his contemporaries. Highly recommended!" -- Noam Sivan, Professor of Piano Improvisation, Hochschule of Music and Performing Arts, Stuttgart; Formerly, Director of Improvisation, Curtis Institute of Music


About the Author


John Mortensen is a leader in the international revival of historic improvisation. A Steinway Artist, Fulbright Scholar, and professor of piano, he performs and teaches in the USA and overseas. He improvises entire concerts in historic styles.


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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Oxford University Press (May 1, 2020)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 224 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0190920408
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0190920401
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 1.4 pounds
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 10.9 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Panacea for the Pandemic
By Kent G. Holt on July 31, 2020
I started out as a piano major and somehow ended up as a government lawyer. Now nearing retirement, I look forward to spending many hours with this book along with my musical circle of friends who have learned to adapt in these times with things like the a capella app. This book makes theory fun! I would even say that under oath. Mortensen is a fantastic explainer, soother, and teacher. Both in the area of historic preservation and classical piano pedagogy. I was lucky to get a second copy for a friend before the first printing ran out.
I posted a photo-I took my book to FedEx (like I have done for other scores) and had them bind it. They do a great job and know not to get into the notes. I'm also enjoying Dr. Mortensen's book recommendations on Partimento and the Naples music conservatories. Thank you, Dr. Mortensen!
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Tobias Lingen
5.0 out of 5 stars Eine Schule für das Improvisieren nach historischem Stil
Reviewed in Germany on July 28, 2020
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Anne Goodwin
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Musical Resource
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Paolo Z.
5.0 out of 5 stars Libro eccezionale!
Reviewed in Italy on December 15, 2020
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very intersesting, but Kindle edition not so good
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