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Basic Principles of Pianoforte Playing

Basic Principles of Pianoforte Playing

By Josef Lhévinne

54 pp

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Regarded as one of the premier virtuosos of his day, Russian pianist Josef Lhévinne was acclaimed for his effortless technique, supreme tone, and sensitive musicianship. While Lhévinne left only a handful of recordings, those that remain have achieved near mythical status among pianists, even when compared to fellow masters such as Hofmann and Rachmaninoff. Unlike these more prolific contemporaries, Lhévinne always preferred teaching to recording, and his book Principles of Pianoforte Playing is rightfully considered a classic in its field. While Lhévinne does discuss the basics of technique, he chooses to focus more on the other aspects of musicianship: mastery of dynamics, tone, rhythm, space, and the ear. While countless instructive piano books have been written since it was published in 1924, the lessons contained in Principles of Pianoforte Playing are as valuable today as ever, not only to the modern pianist, but to aspiring musicians of all instruments and styles.

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