With the FormingPerforming project I’ve explored the complex processes involved in learning a new piece of music, and I have used my own practice as a research object for the project. I was lucky to get access to a work of high quality, which had not been recorded before: the Danish composer Paul von Klenau’s Piano Concerto from 1943. Probably as the only living Danish pianist I have previously performed piano music by Klenau, primarily his f – minor Sonata. The concerto is from the same period as this sonata, which gave me a good starting point for my work. (See About Paul von Klenau) So: On the one hand,… Read MoreContinue Reading
On spending time at the piano.
When you start becoming serious with your musical education, especially as a pianist, a lot of concern is going into “how many hours do I have to practice”? In the beginning of your college education we often assume, that the more hours we spend at the piano, the better we will become. Gradually most students become more reflected over time, and start to realize that our body and mind has a limit to, how long stretches we can work, and that the quality of our time spend at the piano matters. A lot. So how many hours? Arthur Rubinstein famously said, that in general you should not to practice more… Read MoreContinue Reading