“Music is a moral law. It gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, a charm to sadness, and life to everything. It is the essence of order, and leads to all that is good, just and beautiful, of which it is the invisible, but nevertheless dazzling, passionate, and eternal form.”

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Chopin's Octave Etude

By popular request, my thoughts on the octave etude will soon appear here. In the meantime, do not finger octaves—ever. I know this flies in the face of what some

Chopin Concerned for Your Pianistic Health

advise, but when you consider the potential risks of repeated stretching and pulling, it is not worth it. Fingering octaves with four and five or—shudder—three, four five, will not improve legato or increase speed. Really. It's true. More later...
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