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Piano Myths: Part III

Piano Myths: Part III (See Part I and Part II) There are many young women, who, when they sit down to the piano to sing, twist themselves into so many contortions, and writhe their bodies and faces about into such actions and grimaces, as would almost incline one to believe that they are suffering great [...]

By | 2018-11-01T20:11:13+00:00 November 1, 2018|Music, Musings, Piano, Science|0 Comments

Piano Myths: Part II

(Piano Myths Part I here) Myths of Piano Touch and Tone Could you hear a difference in a single piano tone depending on the way its key is depressed? Are accomplished musicians able to discern sounds produced by a virtuoso’s hand versus those made by an object? Is there any physical approach to a piano [...]

By | 2018-06-01T14:22:27+00:00 May 30, 2018|Music, Musings, Piano, Science|0 Comments

Piano Myths: Part I

Old Myths Die Hard It’s human nature to look skeptically at information that contradicts something we believe. Once we become anchored to untruths, reality is an annoying intrusion. Psychology has terms for the ways we receive new knowledge. Confirmation bias: seeking only information that conforms to the belief, dismissing new information; Assimilation: reshaping new information [...]

By | 2018-05-28T20:22:09+00:00 April 29, 2018|Music, Musings, Science|0 Comments

April Fools’ Day

I do not like April fools, or any other sort of fools. (I do not suffer them gladly.) I don’t like practical jokes when they’re mean-spirited, and so often they are. For example, there's the family that gathered the kids for an Easter egg hunt, with no eggs. (Something like this happened to my daughter [...]

By | 2018-04-01T20:34:28+00:00 April 1, 2018|Dalcroze, Musings|0 Comments

“Cult of Dalcroze” – Snarky 1913 Article

If you think people today don't understand what Jaques-Dalcroze's work was about, take a look at this article from 1913! Journalist Rothay Reynolds visited Hellerau to see what Jaques-Dalcroze's new method was all about. His report, Higher Culture Gone Mad in Cult of Dalcroze, suggests he was confounded by the encounter. Published in the Courier-Journal of Louisville Kentucky, [...]

By | 2018-03-19T11:13:30+00:00 March 18, 2018|Arts History, Dalcroze, Musings|0 Comments

The Turkey Trot Dance

I've posted a new "Idea to Try" inspired by Leonard Bernstein's Turkey Trot from Divertimento for Orchestra. Along the way, I got sidetracked researching the history of the ragtime dance (circa 1912) from news sources of the time. Take a look and discover: Three incidents of women getting in trouble for indulging in the dance [...]

By | 2017-11-29T13:59:15+00:00 November 29, 2017|Audio, Dance, Music, Musings|0 Comments

American Modern Dance, Music Visualizations and Plastique animée

Emile Jaques-Dalcroze I was invited to write this article for Le Rythme, an annual international journal of FIER. This year's theme was L'interprétation corporelle - the idea of reflecting music in movement. Once a guiding force in modern dance, 'music visualization' might have lost its purpose 75 years ago or might remain vital today, depending on who [...]

By | 2018-06-18T14:38:57+00:00 November 21, 2017|Dance, Music, Musings|0 Comments

That’s Fanny, not Felix.

(Just a nice story for Easter and International Women's Day.) A Mendelssohn masterpiece was really his sister’s. After 188 years, it premiered under her name. By Derek Hawkins - Washington Post “Easter Sonata” — a complex four-movement piano composition from 19th century Germany — could only have been written by Felix Mendelssohn. Or so thought many of the archivists, scholars and [...]

By | 2017-03-09T08:24:52+00:00 March 9, 2017|Music, Musings|0 Comments

Finding the Right Keys for Ballet

(When did they go missing?) An article by Marina Harss in the NY Times this week, Finding the Right Keys for the Right Ballet Steps, looks at the pianists's role in ballet rehearsals and classes. The musicians help the ballet dancers by finding the perfect tempos, improvising in ways that keep dancers alert, and occasionally providing helpful insights such [...]

By | 2016-12-01T22:00:38+00:00 January 17, 2016|Dance, Music, Musings|0 Comments