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Pianist 110

Pianist magazine is adored internationally by those who love to play the piano. From Bach to Billy Joel, the magazine offers a wide range of music styles to learn from, as you don’t just read it – you play it too! With every issue, you’ll find 40 pages of selected sheet music (suitable for players of all levels) accompanied by specially recorded sound files. The sound files act as the perfect learning tool, so you can listen to a piece of music before you learn it. All you need to do is click on the ‘sound’ icon and turn the Scores pages with a light swipe of your finger. With Pianist magazine you can expect nothing less than the very best when it comes to playing the instrument you love. You’ll have everything you need to play like an expert, including notes on technique, pedalling and interpretation, sheet music reviews, Q&As, teaching tips, in-depth ‘How to Play’ masterclasses, readers’ letters, piano news, interviews with top concert pianists and so much more! And guess what? If you opt for the digital issue, you get FREE EXTRA Scores! From the basics of scale playing to the difficult stretches and fast runs, Pianist magazine is your top piano playing guide – giving you the confidence and expertise you need to play like a pro!

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United Kingdom
Warners Group Publications Plc
6 Issues

in this issue

1 min
the scores

Teachers Graham Fitch, John Maul, Tim Stein and Frances Wilson coach beginner basics and advanced techniques including posture, pedalling, repeated notes, arpeggios, hands separate practice, fingering and more. Masterclasses from concert pianists Martin James Bartlett, Emmanuel Despax, Pavel Kolesnikov, Chenyin Li, Noriko Ogawa, Samson Tsoy and Luka Okros on popular repertoire including Debussy’s Arabesque No1, Grieg’s Notturno, Schumann’s Kinderszenen and the Chopin Préludes. Visit pianistmagazine.com/lessons…

2 min
how to play

MEET THE EXPERTS Mark Tanner is a concert pianist, composer, writer and ABRSM examiner. He has performed extensively in the UK, including London’s Wigmore Hall, and on cruise ships worldwide. Broadcasts include BBC Radio 3 and Classic FM. Mark’s music appears in 75 volumes for Edition Peters, ABRSM, TCL and Spartan Press; 30 pieces have featured on exam syllabuses. For Faber, Mark wrote The Mindful Pianist in 2016; in 2019 he co-authored two books with Karen Marshall and edited two volumes of graded repertoire entitled Teachers’ Choice. Graham Fitch is in high demand as a piano teacher in London, working with professional pianists, piano teachers, adult amateurs and motivated youngsters. Graham tutors many piano courses in the UK and internationally – at Finchcocks, Jackdaws, The Summer School for Pianists at Stowe School,…

2 min
a woman’s world

To thunderous applause, she sat at the Steinway on the stage of the Royal Albert Hall. My hero, poised to perform Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Concerto at the BBC Proms. For the next 40 minutes it felt as though the audience dare not breathe. She was a triumph: such power, such command. Frailty, thy name is woman, said Hamlet. But he never saw Martha Argerich play. Gender imbalance and discrimination is a hot topic right now, in classical music as in other walks of life. In Pianist, I have tried to stay ahead of the curve. We cover plenty of keyboard superstars – Martha, Yuja, Mitsuko – but also women known by more than their first name, writers as well as pianists. This issue I’m especially proud of Jessica Duchen’s cover interview…

4 min
cécile chaminade tarantelle op 123 no 10

Key: A minor Tempo: Vivo Style: Romantic Will improve your: ✓ Pedalling ✓ Quality of sound ✓ Musicianship skills ‘This is not a woman who composes but a composer who is a woman’. These are the words of Ambroise Thomas (1811-1896), the one-time Director of the Paris Conservatoire. Taken as a statement of its time, it’s clear that he admired Cécile Chaminade’s music, and rightly so. But he wasn’t alone. Chaminade’s music was hugely popular in its day. Fritz Kreisler transcribed one of her works, and even a virtuoso of the calibre of Leopold Godowsky recorded her music. Chaminade (1857-1944) was also a fine concert pianist. Her playing was very French; fluid, highly responsive to subtle changes of tempo and beautifully phrased. Performance notes by Chaminade, published in December 1930, about her…

1 min
win lucy parham’s latest album

Answer the question below correctly, and you could be one of three lucky winners to receive I, Clara – featuring pianist Lucy Parham and Harriet Walter as narrator. Deadline for entries is 25 November 2019. Who was Clara Schumann’s father? A: Carl Czerny B: Friedrich Wieck C: Theodor Döhler Answer to page 4 competition in Pianist 108: A: 1955. Congratulations to winner Andrew Rodwell who receives a one-on-one lesson with Marios Papadopoulos, Artistic Director of the Oxford Piano Festival. ENTER ONLINE AT WWW.PIANISTMAGAZINE.COM…

2 min
radu lupu retires

Radu Lupu has formally retired from the stage at the age of 73. Lupu shot to fame in the 1960s, winning three international piano competitions within the space of three years: Van Cliburn International Piano Competition (1966), George Enescu International Piano Competition (1967) and the Leeds International Piano Competition (1969). Decca Records was quick to snap him up, signing him to the label in 1970. Lupu went on to release over 20 recordings between 1970-1993, garnering praise especially for his interpretation of 19th-century German and Austrian music. His playing attracted comparisons to Brahms from conductor Iván Fischer, who worked with the pianist on several occasions. In 2017, Fischer commented, ‘Sometimes, when he’s playing next to me, I don’t even dare to look because I have a feeling that Brahms is sitting…