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Pianist 118

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

2 min
time on our hands

Winter is always a time for taking stock, but never more so than this year, in my experience. _ is morning I pulled a dog-eared volume of Chopin o_ the shelf, prompted by the story of Josephine Proctor on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme. At the age of 84, isolated in quarantine, she has set aside a ‘golden moment’ in each day to teach herself one of the nocturnes. ‘I turn my piano light on, and put my glasses on, and I just have a go.’ Her quiet resolve, her homely upright, the care and the honesty in her playing as it came over, reminded me so powerfully of you, our readers, who write in and tell me what the piano – and Pianist – means to them at a time…

3 min
chopin prélude in a major op 28 no 7

Key A major Tempo Andantino Style Romantic Will improve your✓Chord voicing✓Legato✓Cantabile This brief, intimate piece is the seventh of Chopin’s 24 Préludes Op 28. With its lilting LH chordal pattern and poignant RH melody, it exudes a pristine ballet-like character (no surprise that the Prelude makes an appearance in Michael Fokine’s ballet, Les Sylphides). Let’s begin with the LH. Whilst the chordal note patterns look fairly innocuous, each two-bar phrase consists of a ‘leap’ or large movement from the first-beat bass note to the second-beat chord. In order to negotiate the jumps with ease, practise them in isolation. Find suitable fingerings for the chords on beats two and three, and play the first beat with a firm fifth finger. Make a swift movement from the bass note to the first chord. For practice purposes,…

1 min
hans-günter heumann beginners keyboard class

On these Keyboard Class pages, Pianist covers the most basic stages of learning the piano through a series of lessons by regular contributor Hans-Günter Heumann. This exercise introduces the technique of wrist rotation. Exercise for wrist rotation When playing this exercise, rotate the wrists very slightly back and forth between the notes. By doing so, the intervals between the notes will feel more comfortable to accommodate, plus you’ll be able to maintain a tense-free wrist. Hans-Günter Heumann continues his series for beginners in the next issue. To find out more about Heumann, visit www.schott-music.com…

1 min
alexandre kantorow

If you could play only one piece from now on, what would it be? It’s the only piece I have in my head right now, so… Brahms’s Second Concerto! But that would probably be the truth. If you could play only one composer? In a weird way, probably Beethoven, even though I haven’t played much of his music yet. One pianist you would travel a long way to hear? Dead, probably Sofronitsky. Alive, Pletnev. One concert hall you’d love to play in? I love the Concertgebouw – I was lucky enough to play there during lockdown, and I found how the acoustic changes extraordinary. And it feels cosy – comfortable – it doesn’t feel like a big hall. As for a hall I haven’t played in yet: Wigmore Hall. One piece of advice to amateur pianists? Listen to yourself. If…

8 min
to brahms and beyond

A young man rises from the keyboard. Sallow, open-necked and hollow-eyed, he nods from exhaustion as he turns to acknowledge the storm of applause breaking over the last chord of the music, his arms hanging limp by his sides. No wonder. Alexandre Kantorow has just played the second concertos of Tchaikovsky and then Brahms, one straight after the other, in the final of the 2019 Moscow International Tchaikovsky Competition. It’s a performance that won him not only the gold medal in the piano division, but also the coveted grand prix of the whole competition, also covering its violin, cello and vocal sections, awarded on a discretionary basis to artists of quite exceptional gifts (Daniil Trifonov won it in 2011). Still available to view on the online Medici TV platform, the occasion…

1 min
anton diabelli (1781-1858)

A contemporary of Beethoven, Diabelli was born in Salzburg, Austria. A musical child, he sang in the boys’ choir at Salzburg Cathedral where he is believed to have taken music lessons with Michael Haydn. By the age of 19, Diabelli had already composed several important compositions including six masses. He moved to Vienna in 1803 and is best known in his time as a publisher and for penning the waltz that Beethoven later used as the theme for his ‘Diabelli’ Variations. Playing tips: This Rondo should be rhythmically tight and full of joy. Make sure that the fingers are well-articulated – each note within a run really matters (don’t skim over any of them). In bars 18-21 (and also when the theme returns at bars 66-69), there’s a lovely dialogue between…