The Piano Teacher
Author: Janice Y. K. Lee
"A rare and exquisite story . . . Transports you out of time, out of place, into a world you can feel on your very skin." —Elizabeth Gilbert Janice Y.K. Lee's latest novel, The Expatriates, is now available from Penguin The New York Times bestseller In the sweeping tradition of The English Patient, Janice Y.K. Lee's debut novel is a tale of love and betrayal set in war-torn Hong Kong. In 1942, Englishman Will Truesdale falls headlong into a passionate relationship with Trudy Liang, a beautiful Eurasian socialite. But their affair is soon threatened by the invasion of the Japanese as World War II overwhelms their part of the world. Ten years later, Claire Pendleton comes to Hong Kong to work as a piano teacher and also begins a fateful affair. As the threads of this spellbinding novel intertwine, impossible choices emerge-between love and safety, courage and survival, the present, and above all, the past.
The Piano Teacher
Author: Elfriede Jelinek
Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
The most popular work from provocative Austrian Nobel laureate Elfriede Jelinek, The Piano Teacher is a searing portrait of a woman bound between a repressive society and her darkest desires. Erika Kohut is a piano teacher at the prestigious and formal Vienna Conservatory, who still lives with her domineering and possessive mother. Her life appears boring, but Erika, a quiet thirty-eight-year-old, secretly visits Turkish peep shows at night and watched sadomasochistic films. Meanwhile, a handsome, self-absorbed, seventeen-year-old student has become enamored with Erika and sets out to seduce her. She resists him at first—but then the dark passions roiling under the piano teacher’s subdued exterior explode in a release of perversity, violence, and degradation.
This second volume of Professional Piano Teaching is designed to serve as a basic text for a second-semester or upper-division piano pedagogy course. It provides an overview of learning principles and a thorough approach to essential aspects of teaching intermediate to advanced students. Special features include discussions on how to teach, not just what to teach; numerous musical examples; chapter summaries; and suggested projects for new and experienced teachers. Topics: * teaching students beyond the elementary levels * an overview of learning processes and learning theories * teaching transfer students * preparing students for college piano major auditions * teaching rhythm, reading, technique, and musicality * researching, evaluating, selecting, and presenting intermediate and advanced repertoire * developing stylistic interpretation of repertoire from each musical period * developing expressive and artistic interpretation and performance * motivating students and providing instruction in effective practice * teaching memorization and performance skills
The Piano Teacher
Author: Eugene Stickland
A reclusive and eccentric concert pianist is asked to teach piano lessons to a 7 year old girl. This and an upcoming concert he agrees to play draw him back into the real world.
The Piano Teacher
Author: Robert K. Tanenbaum, Peter S. Greenberg
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Everybody has a dream. For aspiring actress Suzanne Reynolds, her dream ended in a gruesome encounter with eccentric New York artist Charles Yukl. Fooled by his choirboy looks, Reynolds had no idea the man who taught her the piano was a woman-hating recluse who spent his days lost in fantasies of perversion. As a result of the plea bargain for Suzanne?s brutal murder, Yukl soon gained his freedom due to a shocking series of legal errors -- and killed again. A riveting dramatization of two horrific crimes and their aftermath, The Piano Teacher brilliantly portrays a madman set on fulfilling his own sadistic and homicidal dreams...and the flawed justice system that gave him the opportunities to do so.
Author: Janice Y. K. Lee
"Raise a glass: The first great book-club novel of 2016 has arrived.” —USA Today, 4/4 stars “A female, funny Henry James in Asia, Janice Y. K. Lee is vividly good on the subject of Americans abroad.” —The New York Times Book Review “Sex and the City meets Lost in Translation.” —The Skimm Janice Y. K. Lee’s New York Times bestselling debut, The Piano Teacher, was called “immensely satisfying” by People, “intensely readable” by O, The Oprah Magazine, and “a rare and exquisite story” by Elizabeth Gilbert. Now, in her long-awaited new novel, Lee explores with devastating poignancy the emotions, identities, and relationships of three very different American women living in the same small expat community in Hong Kong. Mercy, a young Korean American and recent Columbia graduate, is adrift, undone by a terrible incident in her recent past. Hilary, a wealthy housewife, is haunted by her struggle to have a child, something she believes could save her foundering marriage. Meanwhile, Margaret, once a happily married mother of three, questions her maternal identity in the wake of a shattering loss. As each woman struggles with her own demons, their lives collide in ways that have irreversible consequences for them all. Atmospheric, moving, and utterly compelling, The Expatriates confirms Lee as an exceptional talent and one of our keenest observers of women’s inner lives. From the Hardcover edition.
Pricksongs and Descants
Author: Robert Coover
Publisher: Open Road Media
A groundbreaking collection of short fictions including “The Babysitter,” one of the most anthologized stories of all time. Coover’s stories are told well and told in many different styles.
The award-winning founder of Piano Today magazine presents a historical tribute to the piano that evaluates the roles of forefront composers and pianists while exploring the artistic development of various genres and the influence of the piano on Western musical traditions.
Author: Anna Goldsworthy
In this remarkable memoir, Anna Goldsworthy recalls her first steps towards a life in music, from childhood piano lessons with a local jazz muso to international success as a concert pianist. As she discovers passion and ambition, and confronts doubt and disappointment, she learns about much more than tone and technique. This is a story of the getting of wisdom, tender and bittersweet. With wit and affection, Goldsworthy captures the hopes and uncertainties of youth, the fear and exhilaration of performing, and the complex bonds between teacher and student. An unforgettable cast of characters joins her: her family; her friends and rivals; and her teacher, Mrs Sivan, who inspires and challenges her in equal measure, and who transforms what seems an impossible dream into something real and sustaining.
Etudes for Piano Teachers
Author: Stewart Gordon
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Just as musical etudes focus on the development of skills and address the technical problems encountered in keyboard literature, the "etudes" in Stewart Gordon's new book also focus on ideas which prepare piano teachers for meeting the problems encountered in piano performing and teaching. This major new collection on the piano teacher's art opens with an assessment of the role of the piano teacher, and goes on to explore various types of students and the challenge each presents: the moderately talented, but ambitious, student; the late beginner; the unusually gifted. Drawing on thirty years of teaching and performing, Gordon then bring fresh ideas to bear on the often-discussed areas of inner-hearing, pulse regulation, improvisation, sight-reading, and collaborative music making. There are sections on performance procedures, memorizing, pedalling, and historical performance practices; a carefully-balanced consideration of the role of the piano student and teacher; and realistic looks at the problems facing the profession today, the dynamics of a performing career, and the stages through which musicians' careers often pass. Designed to open up new avenues of inquiry, to provoke discussion and creative thinking, and to challenge and motivate students, these essays will be vital reading for all serious piano students and teachers.
The Piano Teacher
Author: Lynn York
Publisher: Plume Books
The resident organist and piano teacher in the small Southern town of Swan's Knob, Miss Wilma is delighted by the return of her prodigal daughter Sarah with her young granddaughter Starling, until Sarah's absentee husband Harper shows up, a murder shakes the peaceful community, and enigmatic stranger--and prime suspect--Jonah Branch arrives. A first novel. Original. 50,000 first printing.
The Piano Tuner
Author: Daniel Mason
A New York Times Notable Book A San Francisco Chronicle, San Jose Mercury News, and Los Angeles Times Best Book of the Year “A gripping and resonant novel. . . . It immerses the reader in a distant world with startling immediacy and ardor. . . . Riveting.” —Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times In 1886 a shy, middle-aged piano tuner named Edgar Drake receives an unusual commission from the British War Office: to travel to the remote jungles of northeast Burma and there repair a rare piano belonging to an eccentric army surgeon who has proven mysteriously indispensable to the imperial design. From this irresistible beginning, The Piano Tuner launches readers into a world of seductive, vibrantly rendered characters, and enmeshes them in an unbreakable spell of storytelling.
Foreword / Denes Agay -- 1. Essentials of Piano Performance. Elements of technique / Denes Agay -- Tempo / Denes Agay -- The metronome / Hazel Ghazarian Skaggs -- Rhythm / Denes Agay -- Teaching rhythm / Hazel Ghazarian Skaggs -- Dynamics / Denes Agay -- The riddle of the phrase / Denes Agay -- Phrasing and articulation / Denes Agay -- Fingering / Walter Robert -- Pedaling technique / Joseph Banowetz -- Ornamentation: theory and practice / Denes Agay -- 2. Theory and basic keyboard skills. Theory: the elementary aspects: an overview and selected list of texts / Hazel Ghazarian Skaggs -- Theory: the basis of musicianship / Rosetta Goodkind -- Scales, modes, and related terms: a glossary / Denes Agay -- Glossary of musical forms and dance types / Denes Agay -- The fundamentals of music notation / Denes Agay -- Sight reading: the basics, step by step / Denes Agay -- Memorization and performing from memory / Denes Agay -- Improvisation / Sylvia Rabinoff -- 3 . Approaches to Specific Teaching Tasks. The very young beginner / Hazel Ghazarian Skaggs -- The adult beginner / Hadassah Sahr -- Group piano teaching / Hazel Ghazarian Skaggs -- The piano teacher and the handicapped student / Anita Louise Steele -- Recitals / Hazel Ghazarian Skaggs. 4. Survey of styles and idoms. Styles in composition and performance / Denes Agay -- The search for authenticity (the lost art of thoroughbass playing) / Denes Agay -- Baroque keyboard instruments / Denes Agay -- Twentieth-century music: an analysis and appreciation / Judith Lang Zaimont -- What is jazz? / Stuart Isacoff -- Jazz and the piano teacher / Denes Agay -- The piano teacher and popular music / Denes Agay -- Arrangements: to teach or not to teach them / Denes Agay -- Chart of frequently-used chords / Denes Agay -- 5. Aspects of pedagogy. The training of the piano teacher / Hazel Ghazarian Skaggs -- Four-way piano teaching: criticism, demonstration, analysis, inspiration / Walter Robert -- What are the elements of a good piano lesson? / May L. Etts -- Rote playing and rote teaching / Denes Agay -- The tape recorder: an indispensible teaching aid / Ylda Novick -- The teacher-student relationship: some common-sense suggestions / Hazel Ghazarian Skaggs -- Parental involvement / Denes Agay -- Appx. 1: The master teachers and their pupils / Denes Agay -- Appx. 2: The keyboard composers : a selected chronological list / Denes Agay.
Music for the Piano
Author: James Friskin, Irwin Freundlich
Publisher: Courier Corporation
First published by Holt, Rinehart and Winston in 1954.
Wonderful, Wonderful Times
Author: Elfriede Jelinek, Michael Hulse
Publisher: Profile Books
An exploration of life in post-World War II Austria follows a sadistic, unrepentant ex-Nazi, his battered wife, and their disaffected son and daughter as the shadow of Europe's recent violent past haunts their lives.