Famous Pianists and Their Technique, New Edition

Famous Pianists and Their Technique, New Edition

Gerig, Reginald R.
Distribution: World
Publication date: 04/26/2007
Format: Paperback 24 b&w illus., 63 music exx.
ISBN: 978-0-253-34855-5
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Famous Pianists and Their Technique has been a standard in the field since its first publication in 1974. This widely used and acclaimed history of piano technical thought includes insights into the techniques of masters such as C.P.E. Bach, Bartók, Beethoven, Brahms, Chopin, Clementi, Czerny, Debussy, Godowsky, Horowitz, Levinskaya, Leschetizky, the Lhevinnes, Liszt, Mozart, Prokofiev, Ravel, Rubinstein, and Schubert, among others.

Called "the bible of piano technique" by Maurice Hinson, this book is a comprehensive resource for the student, teacher, and professional pianist who seek to discover the secrets of how the immortal professional pianists developed and polished their mechanical and musical technique. This expanded edition contains a foreword by Alan Walker, a new preface, and multiple new appendices.

Author Bio

Reginald R. Gerig is Professor of Piano Emeritus at Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois, where he taught from 1952 to 1987, having served as Chair of the Piano Department for fourteen of those years. He was previously also on faculty at the Eastman School of Music and received several degrees from The Juilliard School of Music.


There is no book like [Famous Pianists and Their Technique] in the English or any other language; it covers the gamut of technical development from Diruta or John Cage. Every important pedagogue is discussed in detail so it is easy to understand their unique contribution to the development of piano technique.Professor Gerig's amassing in one volume of such a gigantic overview of various schools and approaches to piano technique is awesome. His book has value not only for the scholar as an extremely fascinating historical tracing of various major performers, composers, and pedagogues, but an equally vital use as a reference work for the performer involved in the art of playing the piano.

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Table of Contents

Foreword by Alan Walker
Preface and Acknowledgments

1. The Meaning of Technique
2. The Early Clavier Methods
3. The Beginnings of the Piano
4. Mozart and the Early Piano Technique
5. Hummel: The Culmination of the Viennese Era
6. The Dynamic Beethoven Technique
7. Czerny: Technique Personified
8. The Early Methodology
9. The Lyricism of Chopin
10. Liszt and Virtuoso Technique
11. The Schumann Circle
12. The Beginnings of Modern Technical Methods
13. The Leschetizky Influence
14. Russian Nationalism
15. The French School
16. Breithaupt and Weight Technique
17. The English School: Matthay; His Pupils and Colleagues
18. Ortmann: Piano Technique Comes of Age
19. Contemporary Technical Thought
20. The Perspectives of an Enlightened Piano Technique

1. The Aesthetic Imperative
2. Mental and Psychological Control
3. An Intellectual Grasp of Basic Technical Knowledge
4. Isolated Movements
5. Coordinated Movements
6. Muscular Coordination
7. The Kinesthetic Sense
8. Posture
9. Means for Specific Technical Development
10. Historical Concepts and Perspectives of Piano Technical Thought
11. Supplementary Bibliography