Category Archives: Musings about Chopin
or How To Pedal Chopin’s Waltzes Another great session at the recent APTA Conference was Allen Reiser’s Chopin in 3/4 Time. The Waltzes and Mazurkas. How they’re the same – and different – and a few tips on how to … Continue reading
“My colleagues, the piano teachers, are dissatisfied that I am teaching Scarlatti to my pupils. But I am surprised that they are so blind. In his music there are exercises in plenty for the fingers and a good deal of … Continue reading
________________________________________________________________ Image: Madame Scherzo. Thank you, David, for your continued contributions to this blog.
“I wish I could throw off the thoughts which poison my happiness.” ~Frédéric Chopin ________________________________________________________ Image: Memories*Lowe
Those were Chopin’s words. Chopin played with a simple, natural position of the hands – and used the easiest fingering. Which was sometimes against the rules. We know he played with a beautiful singing legato touch. He used lots of … Continue reading
Music history – from antiquity to the present – in 8 minutes. By one of those awesome illustrators. I bow to such talent. Complete with all the musical examples.
I tell my students to make up a story for the pieces they play. There’s no right. There’s no wrong. They might need a prompt. Engage the imagination and let them fly with it. No story any student comes up … Continue reading
“After playing Chopin, I feel as if I had been weeping over sins that I had never committed, and mourning over tragedies that were not my own. Music always seems to me to produce that effect. “It creates for one … Continue reading
Chopin left his Polish homeland at age 20, never to return. He lived most of his adult life in Paris, but his heart remained at home. His music is infused with his heritage. His first scherzo – the genre that … Continue reading
“There are … moments in many pieces we love — a fleeting passage, a short series of chords, some unexpected shift in a melodic line — when something occurs that just grabs us. I’m not talking about the obvious ones, … Continue reading