The Russian Piano School

Christopher Barnes
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Moscow and its Conservatoire was long, perhaps still is, the heart of Russian pianism. Its graduates range through Rachmaninov, Scriabin, Medtner, Richter, Gilels, Ashkenazy, Pletnev and beyond. Prof. Christopher Barnes, a professor of Slavic languages at the University of Toronto, has translated hitherto unavailable essays, critiques and lectures from the leading teaching lights at the Moscow Conservatoire. This is a feast of valuable piano pedagogy.


256 pages


  • Introduction
  • A Note on the Authors
  • Part One - Techniques and Artistry
  • 1. Samuel Feinberg - The Road toArtistry
  • 2. Alexander Goldenweiser - Advice from a Pianist and Teacher
  • 3. Lev Oborin - Some Priciples of PianoforteTechnique
  • 4. Konstantin Igumnov - Some Remarks on Technique
  • 5. Grigorii Ginzburg - Notes on Mastery of thePiano
  • Part Two - Lessons and Masterclasses
  • 1. Samuel Feinberg - Beethoven's Appassionata: A Performer'sCommentary
  • 2. Sviatoslav Richter - Three Answers to Qustions about Beethoven's Sonata Appassionata
  • 3. Heinrich Neuhaus -Work on Beethoven's Sonata in A major Opus 101
  • 4. Maria Eshchenko - Chopin Études (based on classes with Samuel Feinberg)
  • 5.Yakov Flier - Reflections on Chopin's Fourth Ballade
  • 6. Alexander Goldenweiser - Notes on Chopin's Ballade in F minor
  • 7.Konstatin Igumnov - Chopin's Fourth Ballade in F minor
  • 8. Nina Lelc huk and Elena Dolinskaya - Lesson with Yakov Flier (based onLiszt's Mephisto Waltz No.1 and Prokofiev's Sonata No.3)
  • 9. Olga Stupakova and Genrietta Mirvis - Yakov Zak as Teacher (on Liszt'sSonata, Schumann's Études Symphoniques and Rakhmaninov's Paganini Rhapsody)
  • Bibliography
  • Index of Pianists, Composers and

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Item Number: 9781871082883
Format: Books
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