The (Well) Informed Piano addresses the technical, musical, artistic, ethical, and philosophical issues in piano methodology. Adding a new perspective and approach criteria to piano methodology, this book is essential reading for musicians, teachers, scholars, and music students. This text maintains continuity with the major contributions of Ludwig Deppe, Tobias Matthay, Grigory Kogan, Heinrich Neuhaus and George Kochevitsky.
Miguel Henriques, music scholar, enjoys a successful professional career both as a concert pianist and as conductor. He studied at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow and earned a Master's degree in piano performance at the University of Kansas. He has been a professor of piano at the Escola Superior de Musica de Lisboa since 1990.
Preface Operative Thoughts Units and Wholeness Issues on Music Interpretation's Ethics The Approach to a Musical Piece The Performance Project A Performance Study Syllabus Form, Aesthetic and Style Repertoires Pianistic Technical Learnings Questioning Sound and Concept: A Complicity Study of Components The Mind Piano Practice Work Daily Routine Diversified Finger Exercises Rapid Passages Rhythm Sound Quality Other Specific Practice Work Piano Actions Heavy and Light The Consciousness of Love The Spheres in The Loser The 24 Preludes by Lopes Graca A View on Antonio Fragoso's Music Piano Performance Pedagogy An Individual Relationship Bibliography Illustrations Index Musical Examples Index Index About the Author