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The Vengerova System of Piano Playing

Schick, Robert D.

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ISBN 10: 0271003138 / ISBN 13: 9780271003139
Published by Pennsylvania State Univ Pr, University Park, PA, 1982
Condition: Near Fine Hardcover
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8 vo, 116 pp. includes bibliography and index. bright red cloth, silver title, spine only. Original publication. minor rubbing to corners, lightly read, no internal markings at all. DUST JACKET has a few smallish chips and related small tears, otherwise clean and bright. Unclipped, unpriced as is typical of university press titles. Appendix includes an article about the lady whose teaching method this book describes. The book is illustrated with photographs and excerpts of musical scores, illustrating the Venerova system in detail. A collectible copy. Bookseller Inventory # 1227304

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Title: The Vengerova System of Piano Playing

Publisher: Pennsylvania State Univ Pr, University Park, PA

Publication Date: 1982

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good +

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This book is based on detailed notes taken by the author during a decade of study under one of the renowned teachers of piano, whose pupils included such pianists as Gary Graffman, Lilian Kallir, Jacoblateiner, and Sylvia Saremba and such composer/conductors as Samuel Barber, Leonard Bernstein, Lukas Foss, and Thomas Scherman.Following a brief chapter on Vengerova's personality, the author presents the Vengerova system in respect to posture and hand position, accents, "singing tone," fingering, and pedaling. A final chapter discusses the merits of a relatively rigid system of musical instruction, concluding that Vengerova's approach encouraged "variety with an underlying unity"- a conclusion supported in a survey of her former pupils by joseph Rezits. The book is illustrated with photographs and excerpts from musical scores.An appendix includes an article by the Soviet musicologist Vitaly Neumann on Isabelle Vengerova's teaching at the St. Petersburg Conservatory from 1906 until the Revolution, following a concert career. It also includes an obituary by Jay S. Harrison outlining her teaching accomplishments at the Curtis Institute and the Mannes College of Music between 1924 and her death in 1956

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Robert D. Schick (1929-1997) was a concert pianist, critic, and professor of piano at West Chester University. He earned his doctorate in piano performance and pedagogy at the Eastman School of Music.

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