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References for Piano Music of Classical Period

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Here are some great references for anyone who is serious in learning more in depth about piano/keyboard music of the classical era:

CPE Bach’s treatise: Versuch über die wahre Art das Clavier zu spielen (Essay on the True Art of Playing Keyboard Instruments)

It’s available in German and French at IMSLP: http://imslp.org/wiki/Versuch_%C3%BCber_die_wahre_Art_das_Clavier_zu_spielen,_H.868,_870_(Bach,_Carl_Philipp_Emanuel) 

For English translation: https://www.amazon.com/Essay-True-Playing-Keyboard-Instruments/dp/0393097161

Czerny’s Op. 500 Pianoforte-Schule

another historic treatise, in particular the second chapter concerning “the proper performance of Beethoven’s works”.  

English translation:  http://imslp.org/wiki/Pianoforte-Schule,_Op.500_(Czerny,_Carl) 

Second chapter on it’s own here: http://imslp.org/wiki/Special:ImagefromIndex/356510     

Rosenblum’s Performance Practices in Classic Piano Music

This is the go-to reference for all aspects of historically-informed performance at the piano Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Performance-Practices-Classic-Piano-Music/dp/0253206804 

Brown’s Classic and Romantic Performing Practice: 1750 – 1900

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Classical-Romantic-Performing-Practice-1750-1900/dp/0195166655/ref=pd_sim_14_4?ie=UTF8&dpID=51zCN6Dra0L&dpSrc=sims&preST=_AC_UL160_SR105%2C160_&psc=1&refRID=MZ31B06KHX63PDSB2767

Malcolm Bilson’s DVDs on performance practice:  

(If you don’t know who he is, go learn here )

https://www.amazon.com/Knowing-Score-Malcolm-Bilson/dp/0801444845/ref=sr_1_18?ie=UTF8&qid=1466971031&sr=8-18&keywords=malcolm+bilson https://www.amazon.com/Performing-Score-Malcolm-Bilson/dp/B006IVOTWU/ref=sr_1_20?ie=UTF8&qid=1466971031&sr=8-20&keywords=malcolm+bilson 

And his recordings:

 https://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_1/277-5565438-5991311?url=search-alias%3Ddigital-music&field-keywords=bilson+schubert 

Special thanks to our guest teacher Mr Polanski for this note.

Teresa Wong

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Piano Technique Transformation, 鋼琴技巧改造

[:en]Control of Weight in Our Piano Playing (Part II)[:]

[:en]In the last post I wrote about how the application of force in striking the piano keys down would drastically affect our piano playing. And there are two ideas you must understand. The first idea is: “We apply different level of weights for different dynamics.” Which I have explained in the last post.

In this post I continue to discuss about the second idea, which is “We apply different level of weights for each key – even in the same dynamic level.”[:]

[:en]How do you choose your piano diploma exam programme?[:zh]怎樣選擇你的鋼琴文憑考試曲目?[:]

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Choosing a right programme for your piano diploma exam sets the right path for ultimate success. 

How do you choose your programme then? And how do you know if the programme is right for you and the exam purpose? 

1. READ THE SYLLABUS

Follow the guidelines strictly is the first and foremost key to success in your piano exam.

You must read the syllabus carefully.

If you are the teacher, read the syllabus! 

If you are the candidate, read the syllabus too! Do not rely on your teacher to do the work.  There are so many details in the syllabus that your teacher just cannot explain everything to you in your lessons (although of course the teacher is equally responsible here). 

The details include the prerequisites to enter each diploma exam, the time limit and choices of the recital programme, the word count and format of the programme notes etc etc. Always refer to the syllabus for clarification. And you get get a physical copy from the board itself – they will mail it to you upon request.

2. CHOOSE AN APPROPRIATE RECITAL PROGRAMME

Some candidates may choose to play all of the pieces from all four different musical periods, while others three out of the four, depending on timing as well as one’s preference, musicality and technicality. So if the programme has three pieces, it is typically (but not confined to) Baroque- Classical-Romantic or Classical-Romantic- 20th-century. 

You should bear in mind that it is not only the period that differentiates one piece from the other. It also depends on the genre and the style of the piece. Generally, you would want to include a bigger sonata piece as the centre piece of the programme (it is not compulsory but common choice). Then from there you think about how to balance it with pieces of other styles/periods/varieties.

3. CHOOSE THE PIECES ACCORDING TO YOUR ABILITY

In order to achieve the best result in the exam, you must choose the pieces that shows different spectrum and the best of your technicality and musicality.

Do not just choose some pieces because they are “easy” to handle so you can practice less, or “difficult” only to show how fast you can move your hands. The programme must show your best ability in delivering substance and variety of skills and understanding in the playing and music.

How do I choose for my students then? 

I always like to choose for my students a lighter shorter piece to start the whole programme, something with separate sections/movements that stops in between, to gently ease themselves into the recital process. If the student is of higher level of technicality, I would choose a more technical and fun short piece at the end to show off their virtuosity. If the student is more musically expressive, I make sure s/he has a piece to showcase that side of playing ability as well.

The choice is limitless. But you must choose accordingly.

I welcome any questions regarding the piano diploma exams.

Happy practicing!

Teresa Wong

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選擇一個適合你的鋼琴文憑考試曲目是考試成功的第一步。

那樣,究竟怎麼選擇你的考試曲目才是正確呢?怎麼知道曲目是符合自己和考試的需要呢?

一。閱讀考試大綱 (syllabus)
你一定要仔細閱讀考試大綱。
如果你是老師,請閱讀大綱。請解釋給學生所有他需要知道的細節和請他自己閱讀大綱內的規條。
如果你是考生,請閱讀大綱。不要只依賴老師去做功課。大綱書籍裏面有很多仔細的規條和範疇是老師不可能逐一的跟你解釋的(當然老師一定要清楚知道考試的規則和要訣。)
你可以向皇家音樂考試局索取大綱書籍,他們會郵寄給你的。
二。選擇一個合適的考試演奏曲目

有些考生會選擇彈奏四首不同時期的作品而有些就會選擇三首。其實重點是根據時間的規範和個人的能力。如果是三首樂曲的話,很多時我們都會選擇巴洛克-古典-浪漫派,或者是古典-浪漫派-二十世紀。

你要明白,一首曲目的風格不是只是以音樂時期去衡量。總括來說,你會選擇一首奏鳴曲作為整個曲目選擇的中心。然後從那裏開始選擇其他合適的曲目去平衡整個演奏節目。

三。根據自己的能力去選擇合適的曲目
不要只因為樂曲的深淺程度去選擇自己的考試曲目。整個演奏節目一定要表現到你在音樂和技巧上的了解和能力最好的一面。
那麼我是怎樣為我的學生選擇考試曲目呢?
我通常會為學生揀一首比較輕快和時間較短的曲目佢開始整個考試演奏節目,讓他們比較容易和輕鬆的開始整個考試程序。如果學生的技巧程度較高的話,我會為他們選擇一首比較炫技亦有趣的短曲去完結整個節目。如果學生音樂表達能力較高的話,我就會選擇一首比較抒情和音樂方面比較有內容的曲目去讓他們彈奏
考試曲目選擇是多元化的,大家一定要根據規條小心去選擇揀選適合自己的樂曲。
我歡迎大家就鋼琴文憑考試作出任何有關的問題。
黃穎妍

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