"Should be a bedside reader for every author, composer, singer, critic, or layman interested in music." — Critic's Choice An accomplished composer, pianist, writer, and teacher presents an easy and entertaining guide for players at all levels of expertise. Ernst Bacon offers valuable tips on working, listening, and playing habits in five sections that cover "The Performer," "The Learner," "The Player and Writer," "The Observer," and "Technically Speaking." This edition features an informative Introduction by virtuoso pianist and professor Sara Davis Buechner.
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Every serious pno student shd read this and it wd do much good for any musician.
"Notes on the Piano" is not just for pianists, although parts of it are of special interest to them. It's a book that connects music itself to many aspects of life, written by a pianist who was also a distinguished composer, writer, teacher, and conductor. One can open the book anywhere and find a fresh and valuable nugget of thought.
A thought provoking and well written book. Highlights include an excellent chapter on the piano and how it differs from its predecessor instruments such as clavichord, and why the pedal is necessary to the piano. Air also contains a useful summary of thoughts about the creative process. This is arguably one of the best small books on piano playing available.
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