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As soloist, master class teacher, and pianist of the world-renowned Beaux Arts Trio, Menahem Pressler can boast of four Grammy nominations, three honorary doctorates, more than 80 recordings, and lifetime achievement awards presented by France, Germany, and Israel. Former Pressler student William Brown traces the master's pianistic development through Rudiakov, Kestenberg, Vengerova, Casadesus, Petri, and Steuermann, blending techniques and traditions derived from Beethoven, Chopin, Liszt, and J. S. Bach.

Brown presents Pressler's approach to performance and teaching, including technical exercises, principles of relaxation and total body involvement, and images to guide the pianist's creativity toward expressive interpretation. Insights from the author's own lessons, interviews with Pressler, and recollections of more than 100 Pressler students from the past 50 years are gathered in this text. Measure-by-measure lessons on 23 piano masterworks by, among others, Bach, Bartók, Debussy, and Ravel as well as transcriptions of Pressler's fingerings, hand redistributions, practicing guidelines, musical scores, and master class performances are included.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. pp. 1-1
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  1. Title Page, Copyright Page
  2. pp. 2-7
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-ix
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  1. Preface: A Few Words Before
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xiii-xiv
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  1. Part One: A Life in Teaching
  2. pp. 1-19
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  1. One. A Brief Biography
  2. pp. 3-4
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  1. Two. The Studio
  2. pp. 5-8
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  1. Three. Pressler's Early Training
  2. pp. 9-15
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  1. Four. The Debussy Competition
  2. pp. 16-22
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  1. Five. Opportunities in America
  2. pp. 23-34
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  1. Six. Bloomington
  2. pp. 35-43
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  1. Seven. General Aspects of Pressler's Teaching
  2. pp. 44-53
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  1. Eight. The Technical Approach
  2. pp. 54-64
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  1. Nine. Principles of Expressive Performance
  2. pp. 65-86
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  1. Ten. Guides for Practicing
  2. pp. 87-92
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  1. Eleven. Technical Instructions
  2. pp. 93-112
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  1. Twelve. Pressler's Humor
  2. pp. 113-121
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  1. Thirteen. Pressler at the Met: Beethoven's Sonata Op. 110
  2. pp. 122-136
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  1. Fourteen. Pressler at the TCU/Cliburn Piano Institute
  2. pp. 137-151
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  1. Part Two: The Music: Transcripts of Lessons and Master Classes
  2. pp. 153-171
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  1. Fifteen. Johann Sebastian Bach
  2. pp. 155-160
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  1. Sixteen. Béla Bartók
  2. pp. 161-164
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  1. Seventeen. Ludwig van Beethoven
  2. pp. 165-176
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  1. Eighteen. Johannes Brahms
  2. pp. 177-188
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  1. Nineteen. Frédéric Chopin
  2. pp. 189-195
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  1. Twenty. Claude Debussy
  2. pp. 196-203
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  1. Twenty-One. Joseph Haydn
  2. pp. 204-206
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  1. Twenty-Two. Franz Liszt
  2. pp. 207-211
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  1. Twenty-Three. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
  2. pp. 212-214
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  1. Twenty-Four. Serge Prokofiev
  2. pp. 215-218
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  1. Twenty-Five. Maurice Ravel
  2. pp. 219-236
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  1. Twenty-Six. Franz Schubert
  2. pp. 237-244
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  1. Twenty-Seven. Robert Schumann
  2. pp. 245-255
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  1. Twenty-Eight. Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
  2. pp. 256-260
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  1. Twenty-Nine. Carl Maria von Weber
  2. pp. 261-264
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  1. Appendix A. Menahem Pressler's Musical Ancestry
  2. pp. 265-266
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  1. Appendix B. Lineage of Pressler's Piano Teachers
  2. pp. 267-271
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  1. Appendix C. Tributes to Pressler
  2. pp. 273-282
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  1. Appendix D. Pressler's Studio Rosters, 1955–2008
  2. pp. 283-293
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 295-296
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  1. Index of Compositions
  2. pp. 297-302
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  1. Index of Names and Concepts
  2. pp. 303-309
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  1. About the Author
  2. pp. 311-328
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780253013521
Related ISBN
9780253352415
MARC Record
OCLC
680602402
Pages
328
Launched on MUSE
2015-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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