Etude Volume 27, No. 2

Etude Volume 27, No. 2

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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. 1909 edition. Excerpt: ...why. if she had once gained a thorough mental conception of it, she should ever need to practice it again. The practical application of her theory to humanity in the shape of young children was apparently a failure, for, like the Arab, she silently folded her tent at the end of the season and departed. No one ever thought of her again, and those who wanted to learn to play the piano went back to work. Now, mental conception without work is of no more help to a pianist than it is to a man who has a cord of wood to saw. He may have a fine mental conception of his cord of wood all sawed and nicely piled, but nothing short of a vigorous application of up and down arm touches will accomplish his task. And in same manner nothing but constant work will enable the would-be piano player to acquire a technique. Many musicians can gain a perfect mental conception of music that they arc unable even to attempt to play. If this were not true, what could the conductor do with an orchestral score, which may consist of from twenty to forty lines of music, all played at once by the various instruments, and which he could not show the players how to perform if he did not know himself? On the other hand, many play with a facile technique, but exhibit no mental conception of the music. It is only too apparent, then, if one is to interpret the music of the great composers, mental conception and technique must go hand in hand. Any instructor who tenches in any other manner is defrauding his pupils both of their money and, worse yet, of the years of their lives that they spend to little purpose. It is time for musicians to wake up and expose all such fraud, for robbery of time is as much a theft as any other stealing. What is technique? It is simply the ability...
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  • Paperback | 88 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 172g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236859502
  • 9781236859501