This classic was written by a legendary piano teacher and former student of Leopold Godowsky who trained Vladimir Horowitz, Sviatoslav Richter, Radu Lupu, Emil Gilels, and many other famous virtuosos. In one of the most authoritative and widely used books on piano playing, Heinrich Neuhaus offers practical recommendations and analysis, including advice on tone, technique, and teaching. Ranging from precise examples to general principles, his suggestions are seasoned with personal experiences and leavened with humor.
"Do not find yourself in the music but find the music in yourself," Neuhaus declared. The great Russian pianist focuses on students' intellect, stressing the development of an understanding of the language in which musical works are written. He encourages players to strive for an appreciation of the work's content, meaning, and essence, with a particular emphasis on sound and balance. By exploring nuances of phrasing, rhythm, and dynamics, Neuhaus's teaching system guides students toward the achievement of a musical work's true artistic meaning.
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