A Pianist's Dictionary: Reflections on a Life

A Pianist's Dictionary: Reflections on a Life

By: Alan Hersh (author)Paperback

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A Pianist's Dictionary is an exploration of the world of the classical pianist and piano professor. The author deconstructs the many familiar words that help describe these worlds as well as their practitioners. Based upon a lifetime of experience as an active concert artist and college professor, this book will resonate with both past and current students of the piano and with music lovers with even a passing interest in these worlds. Written in an accessible style, A Pianist's Dictionary covers the piano world from accompanist to tone and voicing, and helps the reader understand the mysteries of practicing and the challenges of how to find a suitable piano teacher. Filled with amusing anecdotes and observations, this book is a welcome addition to the literature about pianos and pianists.

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About Author

Alan Hersh is a pianist that has performed in solo and chamber music concerts throughout the United States. A graduate of the Manhattan School of Music and Indiana University, he has served on the faculties of Central Connecticut and Slippery Rock State Universities, and Augustana College, Rock Island, Illinois. He is currently a professor of music at the University of Kentucky.


Chapter 1 Introduction Chapter 2 1. Accompanist Chapter 3 2. Analysis Chapter 4 3. Authenticity Chapter 5 4. Competition Chapter 6 5. Concert Pianist Chapter 7 6. Concert Chapter 8 7. Dynamics Chapter 9 8. Expressiveness Chapter 10 9. Fingering Chapter 11 10. Improvisation Chapter 12 11. Lesson Chapter 13 12. Memorizing Chapter 14 13. Music Reading Chapter 15 14. Musical Structure Chapter 16 15. Notation Chapter 17 16. Pedal Chapter 18 17. Physicality and Relaxation Chapter 19 18. Piano Chapter 20 19. Posture Chapter 21 20. Practicing Chapter 22 21. Repertoire Chapter 23 22. Sound Image Chapter 24 23. Teachers: An Autobiography Chapter 25 24. Theory Chapter 26 25. Tone and Voicing Chapter 27 Coda Chapter 28 Bibliography

Product Details

  • publication date: 07/12/2009
  • ISBN13: 9780761848387
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 114
  • ID: 9780761848387
  • weight: 158
  • ISBN10: 076184838X

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