Touch and Expression in Piano Playing
This brief yet comprehensive guide shows pianists how to produce every possible variety of tone, including note values, pulsation, phrases and their combination, dynamic contrasts and shadings, tempo, color, and style. The two-part treatment addresses kinds of touch and the application of touch to expression, offering methods for achieving more sensitive execution in practice and performance.
An essential volume for all piano students and teachers, this book emphasizes the relationship between techniques of touch and the expression of the composer's intention. The author excerpts and analyzes portions of famous piano works and explains the uses of distinctive musical styles — repeats and irregular measures, rhythms, and accents — to assist students in their interpretation. He also includes hand and finger techniques for varied effects.
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agogic accent Andante arm-weight touch Arthur Foote Bach’s bar-measure bass Beethoven Beethoven’s Sonata chieﬂy Chopin Prelude Chopin’s Nocturne chord Clavichord climax cnorm composer composer’s composition crescendo damper pedal Debussy degrees of force depressed diminuendo downward dynamic accent dynamic contrasts effect eﬂ'ect emotional moods employed especially example ﬁgure ﬁnal ﬁnally ﬁnger touch ﬁrm ﬁrst beat ﬁrst movement forearm rotation fugue full-arm touch given hammer hand touch Harmonic Music Haydn illustration indicated instance interpretation kinds of touch legato Liszt’s lyric Mazurka measure accent melody Mendelssohn’s Military Polonaise modiﬁcation moods motion Mozart muscles Observe occurs octaves passage phrase phrase-measure pianist piano piano playing piece player Polonaise produced pulsation regular rhythm relaxed rest rhythmic Schubert SCHUMANN second movement slightly slurs Songs Without Words sounded special accent staccato stress strings stroke student syncopated note technic tempo rubato third beat thumb tonal tone tone-quality upper partials values vibrations voice-parts