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Menahem Pressler is a world-renowned piano soloist, master class teacher, and member of the acclaimed Beaux Arts Trio. In this companion to his first book, Menahem Pressler: Artistry in Piano Teaching, Pressler's former student William Brown brings together Pressler's teachings on an additional 37 piano masterworks by Johann Sebastian Bach, Samuel Barber, Ludwig van Beethoven, Johannes Brahms, Frédéric Chopin, Claude Debussy, George Frideric Handel, Franz Joseph Haydn, Franz Liszt, Felix Mendelssohn, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Sergei Prokofiev, Sergei Rachmaninoff, Maurice Ravel, Franz Schubert, and Robert Schumann. With over 200 musical examples and measure-by-measure lessons on masterpieces of the piano repertoire as well as instructions on phrasing, fingering, imagery, dynamic contrasts, pianistic touches, articulation, and practice drills, pianists of all levels will benefit from Pressler's expertise.


A Few Words Before


Acknowledgements


A Brief Biography



Master Classes and Lessons


Interlude I. Master Classes


1. Johann Sebastian Bach


Partita No. 6 in E Minor, BWV 830


2. Samuel Barber


Sonata, Op. 26


Interlude II. Page Turners


3. Ludwig van Beethoven


Thirty-Two Variations in C Minor, WoO 80


Piano Sonata in A-flat Major, Op. 26


Piano Sonata in E-flat Major, Op. 31, No. 3


Piano Sonata in C Major, Op. 53, Waldstein


Piano Sonata in A-flat Major, Op. 110


4. Johannes Brahms


Variations on a Theme by Paganini, Op. 35, Bk. 1


Klavierstücke, Op. 76


Intermezzo in A Major, Op. 118, No. 2


Interlude III. Poor Pianos


5. Frédéric Chopin


Andante Spianato and Grande Polonaise Brillante, Op. 22


Deux Nocturnes, Op. 27


Scherzo No. 3 in C-sharp Minor, Op. 39


Ballade No. 4 in F Minor, Op. 52


Berceuse, Op. 57


Barcarolle, Op. 60


Interlude IV. Hotel Stories


6. Claude Debussy


Reflets dans l'eau, from Images, Book 1


Poisson d'or, from Images, Book II


7. George Frideric Handel


Chaconne in G Major, HWV 442


Interlude V. Missed Concerts


8. Franz Joseph Haydn


Piano Sonata in E-flat Major, HOB. XVI:52, Mvt. 1


9. Franz Liszt


Grandes Études de Paganini, S. 141


Piano Sonata in B Minor, S. 178


Interlude VI. Funny Stories


10. Felix Mendelssohn


Rondo Capriccioso, Op. 14


11. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart


Piano Sonata in B-flat Major, K. 281


Piano Concerto in C Minor, K. 491


Piano Sonata in D Major, K. 576


Interlude VII. Stories about Pianists


12. Serge Prokofiev


Piano Sonata No. 4 in C Minor, Op. 29


13. Sergei Rachmaninoff


Étude-Tableau in A Minor, Op. 39, No. 6


Interlude VIII. Honorary Citizenship in Magdeburg, Germany


14. Maurice Ravel


Sonatine


Miroirs


Interlude IX. Through Hell and Back


15. Franz Schubert


Sonata in A minor, D. 784, Op. 143


Sonata in A minor, D. 845, Op. 42


Impromptus, D. 899, Op. 90


Interlude X. A New Love


16. Robert Schumann


Piano Sonata No. 1 in F-sharp Minor, Op. 11, Grosse Sonate


Faschingschwank aus Wien, Op. 26



Appendix A. Menahem Pressler's Musical Ancestry


Appendix B. Tributes from Former Students and Other Musicians


Bibliography


Index of Compositions


Index of Names and Concepts

Sujets

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Master Classes with Menahem Pressler
WILLIAM BROWN
Master Classes with Menahem Pressler
INDIANA UNIVERSITY PRESS
This book is a publication of
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2019 by William Brown
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Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data
Names: Brown, William Paul, [date] author.
Title: Master classes with Menahem Pressler / William Brown.
Description: Bloomington : Indiana University Press, 2019. | Includes bibliographical references and index.
Identifiers: LCCN 2018049684 (print) | LCCN 2018051363 (ebook) | ISBN 9780253042934 (e-book) | ISBN 9780253042927 (cl : alk. paper)
Subjects: LCSH: Piano music-Interpretation (Phrasing, dynamics, etc.) | Pressler, Menahem.
Classification: LCC MT235 (ebook) | LCC MT235 B77 2019 (print) | DDC 786.2/193-dc23
LC record available at https://lccn.loc.gov/2018049684
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To Menahem Pressler, cherished friend and
esteemed mentor, whose artistry and
humanity have touched countless lives and
significantly enriched the international community.
Contents
A Few Words Before
Acknowledgments
A Brief Biography
Master Classes and Lessons
Interlude I. Master Classes
1. Johann Sebastian Bach
Partita No. 6 in E Minor, BWV 830
2. Samuel Barber
Sonata, Op. 26
Interlude II. Page Turners
3. Ludwig van Beethoven
Thirty-Two Variations in C Minor , WoO 80
Piano Sonata in A-flat Major, Op. 26
Piano Sonata in E-flat Major, Op. 31, No. 3
Piano Sonata in C Major, Op. 53, Waldstein
Piano Sonata in A-flat Major, Op. 110
4. Johannes Brahms
Variations on a Theme of Paganini , Op. 35, Bk. 1
Klavierst cke , Op. 76
Intermezzo in A Major, Op. 118, No. 2
Interlude III. Poor Pianos
5. Fr d ric Chopin
Andante Spianato and Grande Polonaise Brillante , Op. 22
Deux Nocturnes , Op. 27
Scherzo No. 3 in C-sharp Minor, Op. 39
Ballade No. 4 in F Minor, Op. 52
Berceuse , Op. 57
Barcarolle , Op. 60
Interlude IV. Hotel Stories
6. Claude Debussy
Reflets dans l eau , from Images , Bk. 1
Poisson d or , from Images , Bk. 2
7. George Frideric Handel
Chaconne in G Major, HWV 442
Interlude V. Missed Concerts
8. Franz Joseph Haydn
Piano Sonata in E-flat Major, Hob. XVI:52, Mvt. 1
9. Franz Liszt
Grande tude de Paganini No. 2 in E-flat Major [ Andante Capriccioso ]
Grande tude de Paganini No. 3 in G-sharp Minor [ Allegretto ], La Campanella
Piano Sonata in B Minor, S. 178
Interlude VI. Funny Stories
10. Felix Mendelssohn
Rondo Capriccioso , Op. 14
11. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Piano Sonata in B-flat Major, K. 281
Piano Concerto in C Minor, K. 491
Piano Sonata in D Major, K. 576
Interlude VII. Stories about Pianists
12. Serge Prokofiev
Piano Sonata No. 4 in C Minor, Op. 29
13. Sergei Rachmaninoff
tude-Tableau in A Minor, Op. 39, No. 6
Interlude VIII. Honorary Citizenship in Magdeburg, Germany
14. Maurice Ravel
Sonatine
Miroirs
Interlude IX. Through Hell and Back
15. Franz Schubert
Sonata in A Minor, D. 784, Op. 143
Sonata in A Minor, D. 845, Op. 42
Impromptus , D. 899, Op. 90
Interlude X. A New Love
16. Robert Schumann
Piano Sonata No. 1 in F-sharp Minor, Op. 11, Grosse Sonate
Faschingsschwank aus Wien , Op. 26
Appendix A. Menahem Pressler s Musical Ancestry
Appendix B. Tributes from Former Students and Other Musicians
Bibliography
Index
A Few Words Before
A second book was not in my plans when Menahem Pressler: Artistry in Piano Playing was published in 2009. In preparing the manuscript for that book, I had collected materials from 160 former students who had studied with Mr. Pressler over a sixty-plus-year time span with the purpose of preserving his instructions, comments, fingerings, phrasings, and musical images and making them available to interested pianists and other musicians and music lovers. From all these notes, recordings, and musical scores, I had carefully chosen repertoire that illustrated the content of the opening chapters: The Technical Approach, Principles of Expressive Performance, and Guides for Practicing. In these intervening years, I have been enormously gratified that the book has been appreciated by students and teachers throughout the country and around the world, and it was not until I began receiving comments such as If only more repertoire was included! that I began to feel a bit guilty that so many of these collected materials remained unpublished and inaccessible for use.
It was when Mr. Pressler asked, Are there enough pieces for a second book? and began inquiring, How s the second book coming? that I became serious about publishing a second volume. Much like the first book, this volume offers measure-by-measure lessons on thirty-six masterpieces of the piano repertoire. These lessons are composites of Pressler s markings made in students musical scores as well as transcripts of lessons and master classes. Pressler s Musical Ancestry Chart, included as Appendix A , traces his teachers through many of the great pianists and musicians of history, including Franz Liszt, Fr d ric Chopin, Ludwig van Beethoven, and even Johann Sebastian Bach. Appendix B is a collection of tributes from many of his students and fans. The chapter introductions are Mr. Pressler s words, and the interludes between the chapters are anecdotes and stories he has provided for this volume.
In Menahem Pressler s words, Since the first book surprised me by becoming so well known and so much read, I can only hope that the second book will continue that. Because I have continued looking for whatever it is that makes for a richer life in music, I want that second book to be a partner for all the students who are reading it to find a way into that musical heaven that I m still looking for and hoping to find.
To receive full benefit from the book, Mr. Pressler s comments should be read with the music score in hand. The measures of each composition are numbered starting with the first full measure of each movement. Where a question might arise about the numbers (e.g., second endings), I ve included instructions at that point for clarity.
I would like to thank all those who have encouraged me in this endeavor. Special thanks go to Janice E. Frisch, music editor at Indiana University Press, and to Jane Behnken, the previous music editor, who have both been helpful and encouraging, and also to Edna Pressler, who has been so supportive during the entire process of preparing both books. But of course, all credit for the result is deserved by Menahem Pressler himself, who has done all the work through his exemplary teaching in private lessons and master classes worldwide over a period of more than sixty years.
Acknowledgments
I am grateful to many individuals including Menahem Pressler s students, colleagues, and friends for their help in completing both this text and my previous book, Menahem Pressler: Artistry in Piano Teaching . Without their tributes, anecdotes, and other remembrances, and especially their collected comments made by Mr. Pressler during lessons and master classes, these two projects would not exist. Others who have provided invaluable assistance are Tim McCarty, who recorded several of my interviews with Mr. Pressler; Melinda Baird, who made available numerous resources; Dina Kellams and the Indiana University Archives, who provided access to the newly acquired Menahem Pressler Archives; the late Sara Pressler, who shared a wealth of thoughtful insights; Edna Pressler, who has offered unwavering encouragement; and most of all, Menahem Pressler himself, who has willingly devoted the time, energy, and commitment needed to bring these two projects to completion.
The list of former Indiana University students who contributed transcripts and recordings of lessons and other helpful insights includes Jane Abbott-Kirk, John Adams, David Alpher, Fernando Araujo, Konstantine Athanasakos, Mi Jai Auh, Melinda Baird, Margaret Barela, Paul Barnes, Jonathan Bass, Alasdair Beatson, Gayle (Cameron) Blankenburg, Jimmy Bri re, William Brown (author of this text), Madeline Bruser, John Burnett, Diana (Haddad) Cangemi, Mark Cappelli, Ted Carnes, Susan Chan, Angela Cheng, Mikyung (Carrie) Choi (Koh), Winston Choi, Alan Chow, Alvin Chow, Jeanne-Minette Cilliers, Lynda Cochrane, Jack Cohan, Jeffrey Cohen, Paula da Matta, Andrew DeGrado, Henry Doskey, Jerry Emmanuel, Paula Ennis, Zoe Erisman, George Fee, John Ferguson, Anne-France Fosseur, William Goldenberg, Frances Gray, Pamela Griffel-King, Charlene Harb, Christopher Harding, Robert Hatten, Valentina Wen-Ting Huang, Mia (Kim) Hynes, Sherri Jones, Manami (Naoe) Kawamura, Peter Kuijken, Julia Lam, Marilyn (White) Lowe, David Lyons, Gordon Macpherson, Steven Mann, Pauline Martin, Robert Mayerovitch, Roger McVey, Fred Moyer, Kevin Murphy, Megumi Nagai, S

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