Rewiring turns “I Can’t” into “I Can”

Whenever we have a thought or physical sensation thousands of neurons are triggered and get together to form a neural network in the brain. “Experience-dependent neuroplasticity” is the scientific term for this activity of continual creation and grouping of neuron [...] more >>

by Frances Wilson
January 3rd, 2017
Forgotten Pianists: Heinrich Neuhaus

The noise of the new so often pushes the old out of our sight that often it’s a good idea to go back and see what we might have missed or forgotten. Today, we’re looking at the influential Heinrich Neuhaus.

by Maureen Buja
January 2nd, 2017
Musical Giants of the 20th Century: Organists

Although we primarily associate the pipe organ with liturgical and/or religious use, the “Queen of Instruments” was originally part of the gladiatorial games in Rome! Parades and subsequent gory events were often accompanied by music, featuring curved horns and organs. [...] more >>

by Georg Predota
January 1st, 2017
V is for Virtuoso

Going beyond the notes …a virtuoso was, originally, a highly accomplished musician, but by the nineteenth century the term had become restricted to performers, both vocal and instrumental, whose technical accomplishments were so pronounced as to dazzle the public.‘Music in [...] more >>

by Frances Wilson
December 22nd, 2016
Musical Giants of the 20th Century Historically Informed Performances

What do you get when you enrich the subjectivity of artistic interpretation with the objectivity of scholarly study? In terms of terminology you get “historically informed performances.” However, in philosophical terms you get one of the most contentious topics since [...] more >>

by Georg Predota
December 18th, 2016
Mysteries of the Sustain Pedal

“The more I play, the more I am convinced the pedal is the soul of the pianoforte!” Arthur Rubinstein “….abusing the pedal is only a means of covering up a lack of technique, and that making a lot of noise [...] more >>

by Frances Wilson
December 6th, 2016
Musical Giants of the 20th Century: The Art of Lieder (Female Interpreters)

When we talk about giants among the female Lieder interpreters of the 20th century, we really must start with the great Polish soprano Marcella Sembrich (1858-1935). Sembrich performed for Liszt, and after studying in Vienna and Milan, secured long-term contracts [...] more >>

by Georg Predota
December 4th, 2016
Gesture in Piano Playing, Part 2

In my previous article on gesture, I talked about the physical gestures we can employ to influence and enhance the quality of our sound and how we can create certain effects at the piano, such as staccato, a rich cantabile [...] more >>

by Frances Wilson
November 29th, 2016