Tag Archives: Piano

Was it the piano or the pianist?

I recently went to a recital given by last year’s Honens winner Pavel Kolesnikov. It was on the new C. Bechstein piano recently acquired by the University of Calgary’s School of Creative and Performing Arts. This was the piano’s debut. My interest … Continue reading

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Pianos should be everywhere?

Hmmm … several thoughts leap to mind. you can play and record pretty Tchaikovsky or Chopin tunes and not have to add in the sound of the ocean later. Should sell well. what is the humidity doing to the tuning? … Continue reading

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Top Ten Technical Tools

… for first-year piano students. One more list to make me feel completely inadequate.* This is from a workshop by the indomitable Ingrid Jacobson Clarfield that I attended almost 20 years ago. I get depressed when I realize how many of … Continue reading

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To live every day as if it had been stolen from death

To live every day as if it had been stolen from death, that is how I would like to live. To feel the joy of life, as Eve felt the joy of life. To separate oneself from the burden, the … Continue reading

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The Back Room

It was a small war-time house with white wood siding and red trim. A few metres away sat a garage. The door was nearly falling off the hinges, barely protecting the navy blue VW bug inside. In June mature lilac … Continue reading

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Chopin on Scarlatti: “He sometimes reaches even Mozart.”

“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

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“You think about the music … how lucky you are to be performing it”

There was an amusing interview with pianist Mitsuko Uchida in The Guardian last month. I happily discovered I share a couple of non-piano passions with her – the Tour de France and sudoku (“It keeps your mind alert but with … Continue reading

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The silence and the sound

Sadness gives depth.  Happiness gives height.  Sadness gives roots.  Happiness gives branches.  Happiness is like a tree going into the sky, and sadness is like the roots going down into the womb of the earth.  Both are needed, and the … Continue reading

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We’ve got it covered

Attending the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy, held biennially in Lombard, Illinois, is on my bucket list. I haven’t made it there yet. Sigh. But in the meantime, I (we) can get a bit of a peek at some of … Continue reading

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There’s a word for this affliction

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The Cat and the Mouse

The picture says it all. So does the music. The Cat and The Mouse by Aaron Copland. For awhile there it was the ubiquitous 20th-century piece in festivals, exams, concerts – wherever you needed that token bit of contemporary music. … Continue reading

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Early Duets

I’m not really thinking much about fall teaching yet. I’m still enjoying the summer  - hiking, running, gardening, reading, devouring books on Expressionist art. But because a friend asked, here are my picks for ensemble materials. For first- and second-year … Continue reading

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