A Few Thoughts About Satie’s “Gnossiennes”

April 17,2019

S.B. is in love with the Satie Gnossiennes. He is learning the first four.

#2

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How to Tackle Difficult Pieces, Practiced Simply

April 10,2019

A.B.’s lesson on 4/3/19 on the first prelude from Book One of the Well Tempered Klavier

Balancing memory with freshness:

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Leverage and Sound

April 04,2019

Chopin, Etude in C# Minor from Opus 25:

Irving’s brother came today.  We wanted to get a rich cello-like / vocal-like tone out of the piano for the notes of the opening “baritone” melody for the left hand.  It is in single notes without accompaniment, so it is very exposed.  We need our entire sound/mechanical tool-kit to keep it resonant and sustained so there isn’t a moment’s break in the flow of the line.   Their softness shouldn’t belie their resonance.

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