By William Brown
As soloist, grasp type instructor, and pianist of the world-renowned Beaux Arts Trio, Menahem Pressler can boast of 4 Grammy nominations, 3 honorary doctorates, greater than eighty recordings, and lifelong success awards provided via France, Germany, and Israel. Former Pressler scholar William Brown strains the master's pianistic improvement via Rudiakov, Kestenberg, Vengerova, Casadesus, Petri, and Steuermann, mixing ideas and traditions derived from Beethoven, Chopin, Liszt, and J. S. Bach.
Brown provides Pressler's method of functionality and instructing, together with technical workouts, rules of leisure and overall physique involvement, and pictures to lead the pianist's creativity towards expressive interpretation. Insights from the author's personal classes, interviews with Pressler, and reminiscences of greater than a hundred Pressler scholars from the earlier 50 years are accumulated during this textual content. Measure-by-measure classes on 23 piano masterworks via, between others, Bach, Bartók, Debussy, and Ravel in addition to transcriptions of Pressler's fingerings, hand redistributions, working towards guidance, musical rankings, and grasp classification performances are included.
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