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Re: Practice sessions of famous pianists? [Re: Kreisler] #1236277
07/23/09 10:39 PM
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Originally Posted by Kreisler
I think most people would be profoundly disappointed in what they saw if they were a fly on the wall during a famous pianist's practice session.

I think they'd be amazed to find that at least 90% of the difference is inside the brain.


I have had that "fly on the wall" experience with a perhaps not famous now, but still very high level, pianist (good enough to have studied with Samaroff and Rosina Lhevinne, and to have been soloist in performances under the likes of Barbirolli, Dorati, and Solti). And you are right, it was not terribly interesting on the surface, at least not with this particular artist. A great deal of it depended on having a totally comprehensive technique so that relatively little time had to be spent working out technical difficulties in a piece. The other thing I noticed was amazing concentration and retention of what happened when practicing, so that things didn't have to get repeated very much. There was basically never any "mindless" practice or drilling.



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Re: Practice sessions of famous pianists? [Re: bravuraoctaves1] #1236446
07/24/09 10:18 AM
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Interestingly, I found in addition to the PDF that there is a full, large book available. Its on Google books, and the chapters available are quite interesting, however the book seems very expensive £62+ on Amazon! Might try interlibrary loan though.

Here's a link

Practicing Perfection - The Book

Re: Practice sessions of famous pianists? [Re: EJR] #1238387
07/27/09 05:29 PM
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Thanks for all the links and extra info guys. Certainly helps entertain my curiosity.


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