Joan Last: Interpretation In Piano Study

Books | Piano

Publisher: Hammond Textbooks
Author: Joan Last
Format: Books | Instrumental Tutor
First published in 1960, Joan Last presents her authoritative, commonsense approach to Piano playing that will bring your performances to life. Much more than simply pressing down keys, the art of playing the Piano rests in the ability to capture and convey the essence of a composition, filling each note with character and purpose to create a performance that transcends the notes on the page. Last's detailed and comprehensive guide examines the elements of performance and technique, and discusses how phrasing and dynamic can be informed by the musical arguement and melodic shape. Disciplines discussed include:
  • The melodic line
  • The fading sound
  • Repeated notes
  • Slurs
  • Staccato
  • Accents
  • Tonal gradation
  • Tonal balance
  • Tempo and rhythm
  • Continuity
ISBN: 9781849380201
No of pages: 144
Language: English
Catalogue No: HAM021

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        Musicroom Reviews

        This is a pedagogical masterpiece that every piano and pedagogy student in the world should read and devour. It contains information about the specifics of making music at the piano that are not discussed in print in many other places. It is indeed a classic that should never have been allowed to go out of print. Bravo to Hammond for re-publishing it!
        Anonymous - (Glenview, IL United States)

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