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How to memorize Bach
Bach had been an architect of music and musical language like Michelangelo or Leonardo as constructors, painters or sculptors.
To get inside this plans of constructions it makes it easy - better less difficult - to memorize his music.
The a-minor Prelude, No.20 of the WTK II is a perfect example of how to understand the idea of a Bach composition and how therefore to play it without the score soon.
Becoming a complete musician: listening and practicing with the heart
There is a prevalent trend, when studying the piano at a high level, to separate the essence of music - its character, and the passion and imagination required to play it - from the technical and physical aspect of practicing. Mindless, disconnected repetition creates only harm; while it may increase dexterity, it decreases sensitivity and musical awareness. In this conversation, concert artist and UCLA head of piano Inna Faliks discusses the importance of engaging the mind, heart and imagination during daily work.
How Physiology and Physics Help Us Playing Piano
Establishing correct playing opinions is very important, and it cannot depend on intuition alone. By using knowledge from sciences, such as Physiology and Physics, we can diagnose potential technical problems, as well as prevent possible injuries caused while practicing. More importantly, we can develop the habit of self-examination and searching for effective sounds during practice, and would greatly benefit from it.
This session, led by Pascal Nemirovski, is intended for young pianists and keen piano amateurs alike who need help with the organisation of their practice by identifying problematic areas, analyzing and solving difficulties rather than repetitive playing, aiding mental preparation for performance.
Reciprocal influences in Russian and Polish music: the mazurkas of Chopin, Scriabin and Szymanowski
The well known influence of Chopin on Scriabin is an accepted but misunderstood fact. Less well known is the influence of Scriabin on the music of Szymanowski. Studying the mazurkas of these three composers which are masterpieces of piano literature we can penetrate the creative process of these three masters.
Time in music
We will focus on the Perception of silences in Beethoven sonatas Pathétique, Op. 57 and op 111 Then explore restless music and repetitive music. Finally we will speak about the decision of tempo
Solving Technical Complexities at the Keyboard
Advanced students bring a passage or section spontaneously and Sondra Tammam gives solutions for the difficult spot.
Playing Chopin’s G Minor Ballade
A detailed performance lecture with analysis and discussion will be given by Michael Lewin, focused on how to give a successful performance and gain a thorough understanding of this popular masterpiece.
Role of Imagination in Musical Performance
In the presentation I will cover the subject of how imagination affects piano performance and practicing routine. I will attempt to touch the pedagogical aspects of how to transfer a fantasy into technical means and create a greater variety of color, touch, and sound. In addition, I will explain why a creative approach is much more effective in achieving artistic interpretation than mechanical practicing. I will discuss how to develop and use imagination in teaching young children, as well as older students, and how to apply fantasy in one’s own practicing. Lastly, I will talk about programmatic and non programmatic music, and what difference it makes in finding the right image.