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Lydia. Classical piano and classical doubts.

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“One of the great challenges of a pianist is that every other instrument …, violin to double bass, piccolo down through tuba, they have three things to think about: they have to think about how they attack the note; they have to think about how they support the note; and they have to think about how they stop the note. Most pianists just think of the first of those three, how they are going to attack the note, and not even all of them think about that. If they can expand their approach, new revelations will appear. You would be amazed how seldom one comes upon somebody who thinks in those terms or makes music on the piano in those terms.”

5 Questions to Leon Fleisher (Pianist and Conductor) | I CARE IF YOU LISTEN (via mahleriana)

Posted 16 hours ago With 38 notes

“In fact I think that if one has to work very hard to get his piece, it will show in the execution. To interpret music properly, it is necessary to eliminate mechanical difficulty; the audience should not feel the struggle of the artist with what are considered hard passages. I hardly ever practice more than three hours a day on an average, and besides, I keep my Sunday when I do not play at all, and sometimes I make an extra holiday. As to six or seven hours a day, I would not have been able to stand it at all.”

Jascha Heifetz (via pianopianica)

Posted 19 hours ago With 8 notes

What are the benefits of sight-reading?

Helps you grasp new repertoire quickly, opens opportunities for extended collaboration for chamber music, accompanying, etc

Posted 19 hours ago With 4 notes

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Charlotte Le Bon in Yves Saint Laurent (2014)