The Technique of Playing the Piano
This chapter shows the inherent difficulties in understanding the piano, as it has the dual role of remaining in the proximity of the orchestra as well as of string instruments and the voice. Not understanding that composers wrote as expressively for the piano as for all other instruments, pianists compensated by developing a special pianistic technique which however prevented truly expressive playing. Pure “virtuoso” writing is fundamentally different from the writing of the great masters. The chapter describes technical means which can aid the pianist to produce expressive effects similar to those of singer and instrumentalist: “piano singing”, various pedal and pedal-like effects, voicing of octaves, and special treatment of the bass.
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