March 22, 2010

Josef Lhevinne on Beautiful Music Making

Recently, I decided to re-read "Basic Principles in Pianoforte Playing" by Josef Lhevinne (1874-1944). Originally published in 1924, the book is only 45 pages, and says it all.

It took a brilliant musical mind and a lifetime of music study to articulate with crystal clarity the foundation of beautiful music making.

Lhevinne outlines basic principles, the keys that help unlock freedom of expression. It is a starting point and the rest of the journey is as individual as there are musicians in this world.

Here is 1928 recording of Lhevinne playing Schultz-Evler "
The Blue Danube." It puts a smile on my face every time. Enjoy!

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