Great Pianists on Piano Playing
Study Talks with Foremost Virtuosos. A Series of Personal Educational Conferences with Renowned Masters of the Keyboard, Presenting the Most Modern Ideas upon the Subjects of Technic, Interpretation, Style and Expression
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Great Pianists on Piano Playing Study Talks with Foremost Virtuosos. A Series of Personal Educational Conferences with Renowned Masters of the Keyboard, Presenting the Most Modern Ideas upon the Subjects of Technic, Interpretation, Style and Expression

By James Francis Cooke
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  • Transcriber's Note
  • GREAT PIANISTS ON PIANO PLAYING
    • STUDY TALKS WITH FOREMOST VIRTUOSOS
      • BY
    • JAMES FRANCIS COOKE
      • A SERIES OF PERSONAL EDUCATIONAL CONFERENCES WITH RENOWNED MASTERS OF THE KEYBOARD, PRESENTING THE MOST MODERN IDEAS UPON THE SUBJECTS OF TECHNIC, INTERPRETATION, STYLE AND EXPRESSION
    • CONTENTS
    • I
      • THE ARTIST'S LIFE The Virtuoso's Career as It Really Is
      • Golden Bait
      • Freak Pianists
      • A Pathetic Example
      • The Pianist of To-day
      • The Magic of Magnetism
      • A Notable Example
      • The Greatest Thing of All
    • II
      • ARE PIANISTS BORN OR MADE?
      • The American Virtuoso of To-day
    • PEPITO ARRIOLA
      • Biographical
    • III
      • THE STORY OF A WONDER CHILD pepito arriola My Earliest Recollections
      • My Friendship With Arthur Nikisch
      • My First Regular Instruction
      • Early Repertory
      • My Daily Practice
      • General Education
      • Theoretical Studies
      • Reading and Study
      • At the Concert
      • Questions in Style, Interpretation, Expression and Technic of Pianoforte Playing SERIES I pepito arriola
    • WILHELM BACHAUS
      • Biographical
    • IV
      • THE PIANIST OF TO-MORROW wilhelm bachaus To-day, Yesterday and To-morrow
      • The Wonderful Efficacy of Scales
      • Bach Musically Omnipotent
      • The Old That Is Ever New
      • Difficulties in New Pianoforte Compositions
      • Mere Difficulty No Longer Astounds
      • Modern Compositions
      • The Most Difficult Compositions
      • Praise That Irritates
      • Why Not Seek the Beautiful?
      • Exercises That Give Immediate Help
      • Avoid Too Complicated Exercises
      • Questions in Style, Interpretation, Expression and Technic of Pianoforte Playing SERIES II wilhelm bachaus
    • HAROLD BAUER
      • Biographical
    • V
      • ARTISTIC ASPECTS OF PIANO STUDY harold bauer The Immediate Relation of Technic To Music
      • The Aim of Technic
      • Seeking Individual Expression
      • The Resistance of the Medium
      • The Perversion of Studies
      • The Unit of Musical Expression
      • Music First, the Instrument Afterwards
      • Variety the Spice of Art
      • Muscular and Nervous Energy
      • Phrasing and Breathing
      • The Natural Effect of Emotions
      • Questions in Style, Interpretation, Expression and Technic of Pianoforte Playing SERIES III harold bauer
    • FANNY BLOOMFIELD-ZEISLER
      • Biographical
    • VI
      • APPEARING IN PUBLIC fanny bloomfield-zeisler
      • Thorough Preparation Necessary
      • Leschetizky and 'Method'
      • Well-selected Programs
      • Personality
      • Do Not Attempt the Impossible
      • Foreign Débuts
      • Practical Suggestions
      • Questions in Style, Interpretation, Expression and Technic of Pianoforte Playing SERIES IV fanny bloomfield-zeisler
    • FERRUCCIO BENVENUTO BUSONI
      • Biographical
    • VII
      • IMPORTANT DETAILS IN PIANO STUDY ferruccio benvenuto busoni The Significance of the Detail
      • Learning To Listen
      • Self Development
      • Finding Individual Faults
      • Details of Phrasing and Accentuation
      • Bach, Bach, Bach
      • Questions on Style, Interpretation, Expression and Technic of Piano Playing SERIES V ferruccio benvenuto busoni
    • TERESA CARREÑO
      • Biographical
    • VIII
      • DISTINCTIVE PIANO PLAYING teresa carreño Early Evidences of Individuality
      • New Problems at Every Step
      • The Teacher's Responsibility
      • Edward MacDowell's Individuality
      • Developing Individuality Through Poetry
      • Cultivating Vivacity and Brilliancy
      • The Importance of Studying Musical History
      • Questions on Style, Interpretation, Expression and Technic of Piano Playing SERIES VI teresa carreño
    • OSSIP GABRILOWITSCH
      • Biographical
    • IX
      • ESSENTIALS OF TOUCH ossip gabrilowitsch
      • A Rigid Arm Undesirable
      • Touch a Distinguishing Characteristic
      • Combining Different Touches
      • Mechanical Methods Dangerous
      • Students Should Hear Virtuosos
      • Methods, and Still More Methods
      • Don't Neglect Ear Training
      • Artistic Interpretation Paramount
      • Questions in Style, Interpretation, Expression and Technic of Pianoforte Playing SERIES VII ossip gabrilowitsch
    • LEOPOLD GODOWSKY
      • Biographical
    • X
      • THE REAL SIGNIFICANCE OF TECHNIC leopold godowsky Ideas Upon Technic Often Erroneous
      • The Brain Side of Piano Study
      • The Emotions in Piano Playing
      • Inspiring the Student
      • Changes in the Mechanism of the Instrument
      • The Significance of Weight Playing
      • Moulding the Fingers To the Keys
      • Individuality, Character and Temperament
      • Genius and Work
      • Questions in Style, Interpretation, Expression and Technic of Pianoforte Playing SERIES VIII leopold godowsky
    • KATHARINE GOODSON
      • Biographical
    • XI
      • ANALYZING MASTERPIECES katharine goodson The Natural Tendency To Analyze
      • The First Step in Analyzing a New Piece
      • The Poetic Idea of the Piece
      • Studying the Rhythm
      • The Analysis of Phrases
      • Studying the Harmony
      • A Careful Analysis of Touch Effects
      • The Responsibilities of the Teacher
      • Questions in Style, Interpretation, Expression and Technic of Pianoforte Playing SERIES IX katharine goodson
    • JOSEF HOFMANN
      • Biographical
    • XII
      • PROGRESS IN PIANO STUDY josef hofmann
      • What Determines Changes in Playing
      • The New Technic and the Old
      • Technic Since Liszt
      • Definite Methods are Little More than Stencils
      • The Study of Details Imperative
      • Well-meaning Advisers
      • Questions in Style, Interpretation, Expression and Technic of Pianoforte Playing SERIES X josef hofmann
    • JOSEF LHÉVINNE
      • Biographical
    • XIII
      • PIANO STUDY IN RUSSIA josef lhévinne Russia's Many Keyboard Masters
      • With the Musical Child in Russia
      • The Kind of Music the Russian Child Hears
      • Instruction Books
      • Opportunities for Virtuoso-Students in Russia
      • Why Russian Pianists Are Famed for Technic
      • Modern Russian Influence in Musical Art
      • Questions in Style, Interpretation, Expression and Technic of Pianoforte Playing SERIES XI josef lhévinne
    • VLADIMIR DE PACHMANN
      • Biographical
    • XIV
      • SEEKING ORIGINALITY vladimir de pachmann The Meaning of Originality
      • Machine Teaching
      • Originality the Road To Permanent Fame
      • The Most Original Composers
      • Self-help the Secret of Many Successes
      • A Surprised Teacher
      • Deep Thought Necessary
      • Take Time To Do Things Well
      • Mastering Artistic Details
      • Something No One Can Teach
      • The Best Teacher
      • The Basis of Greatness
      • Questions in Style, Interpretation, Expression and Technic of Pianoforte Playing SERIES XII vladimir de pachmann
    • MAX PAUER
      • Biographical
    • XV
      • MODERN PIANISTIC PROBLEMS max pauer Acquiring the Requisite Technic
      • Innovators Should Be Pianists
      • Avoid Machine-like Playing
      • Broad Understanding Necessary
      • Freedom From Convention
      • Questions in Style, Interpretation, Expression and Technic of Pianoforte Playing SERIES XIII max pauer
    • S. V. RACHMANINOFF
      • Biographical
    • XVI
      • ESSENTIALS OF ARTISTIC PLAYING s. v. rachmaninoff Forming the Proper Conception of a Piece
      • Technical Proficiency
      • Proper Phrasing
      • Regulating the Tempo
      • Character in Playing
      • The Significance of the Pedal
      • The Danger of Convention
      • Real Musical Understanding
      • Playing To Educate the Public
      • The Vital Spark
      • Questions in Style, Interpretation, Expression and Technic of Pianoforte Playing SERIES XIV s. v. rachmaninoff
    • ALFRED REISENAUER
      • Biographical
    • XVII
      • SYSTEMATIC MUSICAL TRAINING alfred reisenauer
      • Köhler's Technical Scheme
      • With Liszt
      • Liszt's Pedagogical Methods
      • A Unique Attitude
      • The Future of Pianoforte Music
      • American Musical Taste
      • Concert Conditions in America
      • Questions in Style, Interpretation, Expression and Technic of Pianoforte Playing SERIES XV alfred reisenauer
    • EMIL SAUER
      • Biographical
    • XVIII
      • THE TRAINING OF THE VIRTUOSO emil sauer
      • Slow Systematic Practice
      • The Necessity for a Good General Education
      • Clean Playing vs. Slovenly Playing
      • Health a Vital Factor
      • Judicious Use of Technical Exercises
      • Study Abroad
      • Versatility
      • Cultivating Finger Strength
      • Velocity
      • Talent
      • Be Natural
      • Talent Counts
      • Questions in Style, Interpretation, Expression and Technic of Pianoforte Playing SERIES XVI emil sauer
    • XAVER SCHARWENKA
      • Biographical
    • XIX
      • ECONOMY IN MUSIC STUDY xaver scharwenka
      • Time Lost in Early Study
      • Ear-Training
      • Waste in Technical Study
      • Waste in Unimportant Subjects
      • Brain Technic Versus Finger Technic
      • A Case in Point
      • Questions in Style, Interpretation, Expression and Technic of Pianoforte Playing SERIES XVII xaver scharwenka
    • ERNEST SCHELLING
      • Biographical
    • XX
      • LEARNING A NEW PIECE ernest schelling Preliminary Study
      • The Technical Demands of the Piece
      • Formal Divisions
      • The Touch Required
      • The Right Tempo
      • Rhythmic Peculiarities
      • The Composer's Inspiration
      • Studying the Phrasing
      • Marking the Fingering
      • Memorizing
      • Questions in Style, Interpretation, Expression and Technic of Pianoforte Playing SERIES XVIII ernest schelling
    • SIGISMUND STOJOWSKI
      • BIOGRAPHICAL
    • XXI
      • WHAT INTERPRETATION REALLY IS sigismund stojowski The Composer's Limitations in His Means of Expression
      • The Interpreter Must Coöperate with the Composer
      • Studying the Historical Background
      • The Inadequacy of Musical Signs
      • Learning the Musical Language
      • Mistakes Peculiar to the Pianoforte Player
      • Questions in Style, Interpretation, Expression and Technic of Pianoforte Playing SERIES XIX Sigismund Stojowski
      • Transcriber's Notes
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