Natural Fingering

Natural Fingering : A Topographical Approach to Pianism

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Though incomplete at the time of his death in 1849, Chopin's Projet de methode was nonetheless revolutionary in many respects. But with his Fundamental Pattern, Chopin announced the recognition, if not discovery, of the keyboard's extraordinary topographical symmetry and postulated a core formulation for a new "pianistic" pedagogy. More than a hundred years later the now-legendary Heinrich Neuhaus would passionately plead for this pedagogy and a pianism rooted in it. Natural Fingering explores this remarkable symmetry, significantly as it sheds light on fingering matters for the now vast catalogue of repertoire. It also examines the revolutionary impact of equal temperament on compositional key choice as well as the liberating influence of Charles Eschmann-Dumur's unique discoveries regarding symmetrical inversion. Principles for a topographically-based fingering strategy are developed that reflect a surprising compatibility of this fixed symmetrical organization with the most efficienshow more

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  • Hardback | 276 pages
  • 213.36 x 281.94 x 12.7mm | 861.82g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 121 music examples
  • 0195181840
  • 9780195181845

About Jon Verbalis

Jon Verbalis has performed extensively in recital, as orchestral soloist as well as chamber music/collaborative pianist and teaches piano in New York City, where he resides. His students have gone on to study at the leading conservatories and music schools, many garnering prestigious awards nationally and internationally and now teaching, performing, composing and otherwise contributing to the profession. He is also active as a clinician.show more

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An intriguing journey through a treasure trove for teacher, student and performer. Written with insight and clarity, this volume speaks, first and foremost, to the musician in each. * Ernest Ragogini, DMA, Concert pianist, Professor of Music at Notre Dame of Maryland University * This book is a search not so much for fingerings as for overriding principles of fingering. Some of Verbalis's conclusions will help codify what the hand" already knows; others pose intriguing challenges to unexamined convention. * Joseph Smith, pianist, writer, anthologist * Jon Verbalis has contributed an original and thought-provoking addition to the literature of piano pedagogy. Natural Fingering is an indispensable guidebook of primary importance to piano teachers, students, and piano music lovers of all levels. As a guidebook to the choreography of the hand, it is simply unsurpassed and all-encompassing in scope. * Sara Davis Buechner, concert pianist *show more

Table of contents

ABOUT THE COMPANION WEBSITE; INTRODUCTION; PART I FUNDAMENTAL FORMS AS FOUNDATION; PART II THE DOUBLE NOTE CHALLENGE; PART III TOPOGRAPHY, STRATEGY AND SYMMETRY; PART IV THE TOPOGRAPHICAL ADVANTAGE: EXPLORATIONS IN KEYBOARD SPACE; FROM THE BEGINNING; EARLY REPERTOIRE; CHOPIN'S PATTERN AS FUNDAMENTAL TOOL; RETOOLING AND REPERTOIRE; EPILOGUE; ENDNOTES; GLOSSARY; BIBLIOGRAPHY; SUBJECT INDEX; AVAILABLE ONLINE AT WWW.OUP.COM/US/NATURALFINGERING; EXCERPTS FROM THE REPERTOIRE FOR CHAPTERS 1-8, 11 AND 14; APPENDIX 1 SINGLE NOTE DIATONIC SCALES: THE MAJOR FORMS; APPENDIX 2 SINGLE NOTE DIATONIC SCALES: THE MINOR FORMS; APPENDIX 3 THE ARPEGGIOS; APPENDIX 4 HISTORICAL FINGERINGS FOR THE CHROMATIC SCALE; APPENDIX 5 DIATONIC DOUBLE THIRD FINGERINGS: AN EVOLUTION; APPENDIX 6 THE CHROMATIC SCALE IN DOUBLE NOTES; APPENDIX 7 DOUBLE THIRD DIATONIC SCALES: THE MAJOR AND MINOR FORMS; APPENDIX 8 DOUBLE SIXTH DIATONIC SCALES: THE MAJOR AND MINOR FORMS; APPENDIX 9 E. ROBERT SCHMITZ: SIX FUNDAMENTALS OF TRAINING; APPENDIX 10 TECHNICAL ASPECTS OF A NATURAL PIANISMshow more

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