Famous Pianists And Their Technique, New Edition: New Edition by Reginald R. Gerig

Famous Pianists And Their Technique, New Edition: New Edition

byReginald R. Gerig

Paperback | April 26, 2007

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Famous Pianists and Their Technique has been a standard in the field since its first publication in 1974. This widely used and acclaimed history of piano technical thought includes insights into the techniques of masters such as C.P.E. Bach, Bartók, Beethoven, Brahms, Chopin, Clementi, Czerny, Debussy, Godowsky, Horowitz, Levinskaya, Leschetizky, the Lhevinnes, Liszt, Mozart, Prokofiev, Ravel, Rubinstein, and Schubert, among others.

Called "the bible of piano technique" by Maurice Hinson, this book is a comprehensive resource for the student, teacher, and professional pianist who seek to discover the secrets of how the immortal professional pianists developed and polished their mechanical and musical technique. This expanded edition contains a foreword by Alan Walker, a new preface, and multiple new appendices.

Reginald R. Gerig is Professor of Piano Emeritus at Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois, where he taught from 1952 to 1987, having served as Chair of the Piano Department for fourteen of those years. He was previously also on faculty at the Eastman School of Music and received several degrees from The Juilliard School of Music.
Title:Famous Pianists And Their Technique, New Edition: New EditionFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:640 pages, 9 X 6 X 1.51 inShipping dimensions:640 pages, 9 X 6 X 1.51 inPublished:April 26, 2007Publisher:Indiana University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0253348552

ISBN - 13:9780253348555

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Table of Contents

Foreword by Alan Walker
Preface and Acknowledgments

1. The Meaning of Technique
2. The Early Clavier Methods
3. The Beginnings of the Piano
4. Mozart and the Early Piano Technique
5. Hummel: The Culmination of the Viennese Era
6. The Dynamic Beethoven Technique
7. Czerny: Technique Personified
8. The Early Methodology
9. The Lyricism of Chopin
10. Liszt and Virtuoso Technique
11. The Schumann Circle
12. The Beginnings of Modern Technical Methods
13. The Leschetizky Influence
14. Russian Nationalism
15. The French School
16. Breithaupt and Weight Technique
17. The English School: Matthay; His Pupils and Colleagues
18. Ortmann: Piano Technique Comes of Age
19. Contemporary Technical Thought
20. The Perspectives of an Enlightened Piano Technique

1. The Aesthetic Imperative
2. Mental and Psychological Control
3. An Intellectual Grasp of Basic Technical Knowledge
4. Isolated Movements
5. Coordinated Movements
6. Muscular Coordination
7. The Kinesthetic Sense
8. Posture
9. Means for Specific Technical Development
10. Historical Concepts and Perspectives of Piano Technical Thought
11. Supplementary Bibliography

Editorial Reviews

For both amateurs and professionals, Professor Gerig''s book is entertaining and informative reading. Serious students of the instrument should place a high priority on owning this revision and reading it from cover to cover. From Mr. Gerig''s enlightening narrative we learn as much about the lives of legendary pianists and pedagogues, their performing, and their teaching as we do about piano technique. Lastly, the paperback cover keeps the cost of the volume reasonable.Vol.25.1 Winter/Spring 2009