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From her first piano recital at age three until circumstances prevented her further concertizing, Maria Curcio performed with such great musicians as Carlo Maria Giulini, Pierre Monteux, Joseph Krips, Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, and Szymon Goldberg. Literally Schnabel's last student, she now devotes her full time to teaching. Her experience and rich legacy make her one of the most important piano teachers of this century. This book explains how she translates the inspiration and musical ideas behind a masterpiece into their realization in sound.
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The Author: Douglas Ashley is an honors graduate from Northwestern University where he won first prize in piano. He also has a Ph.D. from Northwestern with a dissertation on The Role of the Piano in Schumann's Songs. In addition he has the piano certificate from the Conservatory of Vienna, having studied with Viola Thern and Paul Badura-Skoda. He also studied intensively with Maria Curcio. He has compiled six volumes of twentieth century piano music. A member of the faculty at the University of Charleston, South Carolina, Dr. Ashley performs regularly in the U.S. and Europe.Review:
«I found the book a delight to read. I believe it should be in every college library in this country and included as a text in music courses. I certainly will include the book in my teaching of graduate courses and will be happy to share it with other practitioners in the field of gifted education.» (Joan Smutny, Director of the Center for Gifted at National-Louis University Evanston, IL)
«There are so many piano teachers, and so few great ones. Dr. Ashley brings us closer to one of the exceptional masters of this art.» (Enrique Graf, Artist-in-Residence, University of Charleston)
«'Music Beyond Sound' reveals the intellect and discerning musical values of a great artist teacher and demonstrates to the reader, once again, that all musical expression finds its source in the contemplative spirit. The life and work of Maria Curcio, representative of the greatest musical tradition, is made immediate and beautifully accessible by Douglas Ashley in this important new book.» (James Dick, Concert Pianist)
«Douglas Ashley has given his readers a great gift - an insight into the life of a brilliant musician, a compassionate teacher and an extraordinary woman.» (Joanne Baker, Chairman of the Jury, Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition)
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