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A Distinguished Performance

‘It is often perfection in little things which distinguishes the performance of the great pianist from the novice.’ I read that little snippet — a quote from Busoni — in James Francis Cooke’s book Great Pianists on Piano Playing. I haven’t read it all, but it’s out of copywright (I think) and you can download […]

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Everyone Can(not) Sing

“Everyone can sing.” Said my piano teacher when I expressed concern over the singing part of my Grade 4 exam. Over the next five minutes, I presented some fairly convincing evidence to the contrary and we both agreed that the only worthwhile singing preparation was to prepare myself to get no marks for singing. In […]

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What Does ‘Learning the Piano’ Mean?

This is what the vague objective of ‘learning the piano’ means to me. First of all, what it’s not: the ten-a-penny morons on the piano at the train station, dribbling out an Einaudi piece they learnt on YouTube, have not learned the piano. I started to learn I Giorni once, for a friend, but it […]