“THE pianist Paul Lewis spoke recently in an interview with the 92nd Street Y (where he will perform Schubert as part of an international tour on April 26) about the soft-spoken drama of Schubert’s music. “He will usually lower his voice rather than raise it,” Mr. Lewis said. “He draws you into the message, rather than projects it out to you. His moments of extreme despair seem primarily to be conveyed in that way.””—
“All of us musicians learn and then set aside countless pieces over the years. Sometimes, we excitedly return to old favorites but then feel glum when we realize that music we once performed with ease is now surprisingly difficult. With a discerning approach to practice, though, we can revive old repertoire and perform it better than ever before. Here are 6 strategies for bringing rusty pieces up to stage-ready condition.”—» Reviving Old Repertoire – The Musician’s Way Blog
Got 10 minutes and a piano? Here are my favourites from this list:
2. Warm up by jumping right to that passage that is making your life miserable. 3. Warm up by playing some piece or passage with the most beautiful sound you can summon. String players are known to do this. It works. 4. Sight read! 15. Do a cool-down. Slow technique, easy sight-reading, or a favorite passage are possibilities.
I would say more an amateur pianist, than aspiring. I have an undergraduate degree in theory & composition, but nowadays I work in IT for the financial industry. I play for my own enjoyment and a kind of twisted form of relaxation. (Twisted in the sense that practicing is an awful lot of work to put in, especially when the reward is ongoing frustration of the gap between mental ideal and performance reality.)
“Every performance here is quite audibly the product of careful consideration; every musical decision, whether over tempi, phrasing, or dynamics, seems utterly logical. Yet there’s nothing didactic about the results, just a wonderfully natural unfolding of these pieces, in which Hill is never ashamed to make full use of the tonal resources of the modern piano.”—Andrew Clements, The Guardian on the recent Peter Hill recording of WTC II.