Aspects of Cortot

A book on merging emotions with proper technique on the piano. Written by Thomas Manshardt who was a pupil of Alfred Cortot while studying in France, he notes all the nuances in technique that allowed Cortot to express such wide range of emotions in his playing. The techniques described in this book are subtle, but explained very well. Still, following the book with a good teacher is recommended.

This book was recommended to me by my teacher Nina Maxwell who herself was taught by Thomas Manshardt. In the writing of this book, all techniques were tried on my teacher before being put in writing here. Thomas M believed what made made Cortot so great a pianist with such expressive power was in large part a "carefully considered musical grammar, the understanding of which is possible for all musicians." Certainly a hopeful prospect for mere mortals like me.

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