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Basic Principles in Pianoforte Playing

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This little book, written at the height of his career by Josef Lhevinne, the "inward poet of the piano," is a clear statement of principles based on his lifelong experience in performance and teaching. Lhevinne was, with Rachmaninoff, Schnabel, and Hoffman, one of the great modern masters, and was the first artist invited to teach at the newly formed Julliard Graduate ...more
Paperback, 64 pages
Published June 1st 1972 by Dover Publications
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Sep 12, 2010 Matthew added it
Shelves: piano
(Actually finished this a while ago, just never logged on to say so, which means I'm guessing on the date finished.)

As a person with exactly one year of piano teaching experience under my belt, this book blew me away. I can't say there was a lot in here I didn't already know in some sense, but it's put together quite well and is just full of the most beautiful nuggets of insight.

If you play the piano more than a little bit, this book is well worth the short time it will take you to read it.
May 25, 2009 Edward rated it really liked it
Short, inexpensive volume full of good insights.
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Nov 28, 2016 Acierated Tyro rated it liked it
A very short (only 48 pages!) book on some of the technical aspects of piano playing, including touch, rhythm, memorizing, how to practice legato and staccato, et cetera. There is not much to be said about this book; I suppose one would have to practice the exercises in order to determine its worth, though it does seem useful.
Jan 06, 2009 Ardith rated it it was amazing
A concise summary of superb advice for improving piano playing.
Some gems:
"Rests are just as important as notes. Music is painted upon a canvas of silence."
"Do not think you have been practicing, if you have played a single note with your mind on anything else."
"I am confident that centuries of practice are wasted around the world because the element of beauty is cast aside."
"Why is much playing inaccurate? Largely because of mental uncertainty."
"It takes strength of will to play slowly."
Apr 16, 2015 minhhai rated it liked it
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The book discusses, generally, important aspects of professional piano playing, including some common mistakes of amateur players. A short, encouraging read. But not much depth into details. The author gives little instructions on how to achieve the skills he mentions, probably because they all depends on particular student under a particular mentor. The book is basically for serious piano players who aim at professional career or piano teachers. For recreational players, you're not going to ...more
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Mar 30, 2016 April Matovich rated it it was amazing
If you have ever wanted to know anything about the proper technic and principles in piano playing, this is the book for you. It is in depth yet comprehensive, and quite enjoyable.
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