Etude Volume 14, No. 5

Etude Volume 14, No. 5

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1896 edition. Excerpt: ...then, must have the mental concept of activity no less than the mental concept of expressiveness. Let nature work out the Hore with the individual. The idea that all pupils must be placed in a common hopper, ground out alike, presented with a leathern medal bearing upon it the inflexibility of the Medea and Persians, all by a mere turn of the crank musical degrees; musical machines--bah I Artists rise above mere method; they do things in their own way. To think of Rubinstein playing the piano and going through with all the antics of De Pachmann would be ridiculous; but to get the same effects that De Pachmann does, or similar, is highly artistic; and Rubinstein in doing this had his own peculiar way, quite superior to any method. Imagine such artists as these going to some conservatory of music and being put back upon finger exercises in order to get " a better position." The fact is, they could not change and be natural; to be unnatural wonld surely dwarf and hamper them in the expression of idea, for it would render them self-conscious, and self-consciousness is the enemy of genius; and none save those endowed with the nature and capabilities of genius can in these days ever hope to be great and realize their expectations. For one, I care not whether the pianist plays with straight or curved fingers, whether he carries his wrist high or low, whether he sits above the level of the keyboard or below it, uses the pedals with his toe or his heel, so long as he gives me the spirit, form, and content of the composition he may be interpreting. There are some habits, however, that are opposed to best results. To avoid shipwreck by steering clear of the reefs shows the skill of the mariner. There is more than one sailing course more

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  • Paperback | 48 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 104g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236805216
  • 9781236805218