Always strive for a well-phrased melody, no matter what else your hands have to deal with. Imagine the keys are covered with small snails. Let the melody soar.
i was making a lot of mistakes and then my archery instructor said:
“you make mistakes because you’re focusing on the target and not on your actions”
and i was like woah
thanks for giving me the best life advice i’ve ever gotten
guys just think about how applicable this is to EVERYFUCKINGTHING
What’s amazing is that both this advice (focus on your immediate actions) and its exact opposite (focus on the big-picture target goal) are equally true and equally necessary to master any skill. Wisdom is being able to hold contradictory ideas in your mind at the same time.
— Alex Ross quoting Leon Fleisher
The Sonata Seminar - The New Yorker
Alex Ross covers Leon Fleisher’s latest record in his New Yorker column this week.
Fleisher has struggled for years with focal dystonia that impairs playing with his right hand.
"But it wasn’t just a technical approach towards the piano, studying the music for this film was also a way of approaching the soul of the film, because the film is really about the soul of Schubert and the soul of Bach."
- Isabelle Huppert speaking about preparing for her role in Michael Haneke’s movie “La pianiste”.
Hello again! In case you were wondering what I named this blog after, this is it!
I still remember the first time I ever heard this piece - its really burned into my memory. I walked into the piano department to find my professor and an older student watching a performance of Claudio Arrau playing op. 109 on a vhs. The performance was absolutely arresting. I was changed forever.
Life is hard
24 Préludes de Chopin interprété par Sofronitsky
"Maria Yudina is remembered for her personal interpretations of Bach and Beethoven. Banned from performing in public because of her religious views, she was the favourite pianist of Joseph Stalin. One night, Stalin heard a performance of a Mozart concerto on the radio performed by Yudina and asked for a copy. It was a live broadcast so officials woke up Yudina, drove her to a recording studio where a small orchestra had quickly been assembled, and made her record the concerto in the middle of the night, a single copy was pressed from the matrix and then presented to Stalin."
(via Some Favourite Pianists: Part Three - Practising the Piano)