On Practicing

Heinrich Schenker

in The Art of Performance

Published in print June 2002 | ISBN: 9780195151510
Published online May 2008 | e-ISBN: 9780199871582 | DOI:
On Practicing

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This chapter stresses that, assuming performers have mastered their instruments, the study of each piece of music must from the onset be directed toward its expressive content; each piece makes its own individual demands. Certain technical difficulties are equated with difficult life-situations, and the performer is admonished not to simplify but to overcome them. In aphoristic style, evenness of touch, ingenious fingerings, tempo questions, hearing oneself are all considered. The chapter closes with a fervent plea to the performer to eliminate any anxiety and to “infuse the tones with genuine life”.

Keywords: true rendition; spiritual strength; evenness of touch; physical gestures; aphoristic style

Chapter.  1310 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Music Theory and Analysis

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