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PRINCIPLES OF MUSICAL EXPRESSION AT THE PIANO (by Roberto Prosseda)

Many teachers speak first of technique, then of music. I believe, on the other hand, that technique and practice at the keyboard are only a consequential step to the musical idea, which should be the first object of study and investigation. Before we even get down to the keyboard to suion a piece, we should be clear about the emotional and landscape context in which the piece is set, and the emotional itinerary that unfolds over the course of the piece. In this series of texts, we give some hints for greater awareness about musical expression, talking concretely about phrase management, harmonic and melodic tensions, "depth of field" and "focus" of sound planes. Of course, it is impossible to give a complete idea of these concepts without a practical example, but we believe that even the reading of these brief insights can be a tool for reflection and awareness of the interpretive work that every pianist and musician must do with consciousness and clarity of purpose.



SHAPING THE PHASES

FEELING THE HARMONIES

CONDUCTORS OF OUR OWN ORCHESTRA

PIANISTS AND "PIANOFORTISTS"

MANAGING THE DISTANCE

THE ORCHESTRA AT THE PIANO: STRINGS

THE ORCHESTRA AT THE PIANO: WINDS

LISTENING TO THE TIME


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