This book contains an array of information about piano technique with text and exercises from the celebrated French pianist, Alfred Cortot. Contents: 1. Foreword . Cortot on Piano Technique: With Exercises [Alfred Cortot] on * FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Page 1. Page 2. Page 3. Page 4. Page 5. Page 6. Page 7. Page 8. Page 9. Page Page Page Page Page Page Page Page Page

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He had also called for musical prisoners to be able to join German orchestras. Anyone expected to hold up their arms exefcises three or four hours would be justified in complaining of being tortured.

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Would you like to tell us about a lower price? These movements should be repeated back and forth, decisively and with coryot ‘suppleness’ or ‘flexibility’. However, he lost a lot of money conducting Wagner’s opera Parsifal and was forced to study the piano seriously cortpt for economic reasons. Pages with related products. I challenge you to try his practice plan as laid out in the preface! Learning the piano with a former prodigy is not without its risks, as pianists who were formed at a very young age are often unable to explain how they play.

Manshardt clarified Cortot’s intentions by stressing that there should be constant pressure on the key bed while doing the exercises, and that arm pressure must remain constant.


Of course, these technical innovations would have been unthinkable without the harmonic developments that he brought to the piano. Begin by placing your hands on the first five notes of a scale of C major, softly depressing the keys and making sure that your fingers are together. Please try again later. As Performer 17 Performances by: The fingers alone were no longer enough, and a new rotation technique was required which made use of the wrist and arm.

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Keep a relaxed space between exerccises hands, rather than occupying the somewhat cramped space in the middle of the keyboard. The wrist should be lowered or raised as far as is physically possible, and beginners must avoid all but the gentlest of pressures. They, I think, cannot displace traditional use of scales and arpeggios as well as extensive concentration on technical passages in pieces themselves.

ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics. Having decided that young Alfred was destined to be a virtuoso pianist, the family moved from Switzerland to Paris. Amazon Renewed Refurbished products with a warranty. One person found this helpful. His explanations are clear. Learn more about Amazon Prime. Alfred Cortot was my teacher’s teacher, so I have employed elements of the Cortot method for a long time.

Plan for the study of the exercises 3. Customers who viewed this item also viewed. They may also be protected by copyright in the USA, unless published beforein which case they are PD there as well.

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Karol Mikulione of his best pupils, wrote: The following 17 pages are in this category, out of 17 total. Piano Technique Dover Books on Music. Rational Principles of Piano Technique. Buy the selected items together This item: Cortot refers to this obliquely in his study edition of Chopin’s Op. Learn more about Amazon Giveaway.


Explore the Home Gift Guide. Chopin’s teaching was one source of these exercises. Cortot, Alfred The following 12 pages are in this category, out of 12 total. Piano Solo Musical Expeditions.

Cortot’s politics became even more evident through his piano playing. Discipline is required, but it creates a bulletproof technique if done carefully.

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Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. He was married although estranged to a woman of Jewish origin, and was friends with Jewish intellectuals such as Leon Blum, the first Jewish Prime Minister of France. Share your thoughts with other customers. Cortot was one of the few piano technique book authors who understood that repetition is harmful to the player.

No large movement should be made where a small one if sufficient. Passing under of the thumb – scales, arpeggios 6. The technique of extensions 8. Unfortunately, many of the world’s greatest pianists have fallen into this category. Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web.