...FRIEDRICH WIECK, the author of the work a translation of which is here offered to the public, was during his long life a distinguished teacher of music. He died in the autumn of 1873. He was the father and teacher of the celebrated pianist, Clara Wieck, now Fr. Dr. Clara Schumann, widow of the renowned composer Robert Schumann, who was also a pupil of Wieck. His second...FRIEDRICH WIECK, the author of the work a translation of which is here offered to the public, was during his long life a distinguished teacher of music. He died in the autumn of 1873. He was the father and teacher of the celebrated pianist, Clara Wieck, now Fr. Dr. Clara Schumann, widow of the renowned composer Robert Schumann, who was also a pupil of Wieck. His second daughter, Fraeulein Marie Wieck, is well known in Germany as an artistic performer on the piano-forte......
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Piano and Song Reviews
I quite enjoy reading books written in the 19th century. This one was no exception. Of course it is dated - that’s part of what makes it interesting. What were the issues in those days? What did he feel was important to emphasize? How have things changed? Deciphering the difference between then and now is part of the challenge of reading an older book. It also gives perspective on our day.For example one problem that he rails against is the loud style both on the piano and in singing. It reminds me of an editorial from some decades ago that appeared in IEEE Spectrum entitled “The Loudness Wars.” Unfortunately, I was not able to locate it online. That editorial bewails the tendency to encode music CDs at a high (compressed) volume, with the resultant lack of dynamic range. Over 150 years ago Friedrich Wieck saw the same problem in live performances - the tendency to make everything loud which resulted is loss of expression and injuries to the performers, and broken piano strings. As the idiom says: “Some things never change."One of the author’s daughters, Clara married Robert Schumann whom we know as Clara Schumann.The book was also concerned with singing. He deplored loud singing which sounds bad and ruins voices. In contrast he spoke very favorably of Jenny Lind, who was known as the “Swedish Nightingale.”He advocates beginning with fundamentals, gradual progression, less volume, and more understanding."Three trifles are essential for a good piano or singing-teacher,— The finest taste, The deepest feeling, The most delicate ear, and, in addition, the requisite knowledge, energy, and some practice." (Kindle Locations 890-892)
FYI Got this book for free on amazon using the kindle app.This is an extremely beneficial book about how to teach piano. This is not geared towards learning how to play the piano by yourself. Instead, Friedrich is giving his explanation of how he teaches piano and why he does it certain ways. If you are a piano teacher, this is a must read. What's tough is looking for the example songs that he used.It's fascinating to see his approach to teaching the piano. He doesn't teach note reading for at least six months and teaches lots about touch and focusing on the tone quality and theory before even teaching the notes on the treble clef.I found this extremely useful as a piano teacher that wants to better himself for the sake of his students.
I picked this up because the title made it sound interesting and as if I could benefit from it in some way. Unfortunately, I found it aged (which should perhaps not be that surprising), and not at all geared towards learning how to play the piano and sing - unless you count opera.Perhaps I will return to it at a later date, but for now this is labled as abandoned.
More for teachers than for students, though there are many helpful notes about technique that will profit both. You will see immediate improvement in your dexterity if you practice as Wieck prescribes in the book.
Historically interesting, but so much of it is written as a "play" of actors sitting around discussing what awful singing, playing and teaching looks and sounds like that it quickly becomes tedious and largely got skimmed.