The Etude Volume 25, Nos. 1-6

The Etude Volume 25, Nos. 1-6

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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. 1907 edition. Excerpt: ...a species of "mental unhitching." The beneficial effect upon both mind and muscle is quickly noticeable and very marked. There must be conscious direction Eliminate all and aim for the body as well as the Superfluous mind. Too much attention is given to Motions. circuitous motions of both arms and fingers, instead of concentrating upon the efiort of "getting there" with the least possible dilfusion of energy. Diffused energy detracts from tonal quality and character, as well as from that "power" which makes "for repose." Superfluous motions result in mannerisms and afl"ectations which. always objectionable, finally become.ridicuious. Ac cents are more often indicated by motions of the head and body than given on the tone; and swaying of the body under stress of emotional impulse does not render the music either more expressive or impressive. Elimination in this direction should begin in the first elementary stages of tone-production, where we should realize that, owing to the peculiar construction of the pianoforte. it is not necessary to lift the fingers even over so slightly in order to produce tones--either singly or in combination. More than fifty years ago Thalher: insisted that we must draw all the sound from a piano without ever striking the keys. "They must be felt rather than struck..." "Generally pupils Pressure, Not Blow. work too much with the fingers and too little with the mind, ... and think they prove ability by great display of rapidity and agility " And thirty years later Christiani cautioned us against using the "down-stroke"--or "anschlag"---literally as though the keys were to to be struck, but to substitute " more

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  • Paperback | 358 pages
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  • United States
  • English
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  • 9781236908438