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Piano Street Mobile – Sheet Music on the Go for Mobile Devices

How about instant access on the go to 3000+ study scores from the standard classical piano repertoire?

On m.pianostreet.com, a mobile version of Piano Street’s sheet music library you can easily view all piano scores on your mobile device.

The mobile sheet music library gives convenient mobile access to all scores from www.pianostreet.com. It is a mobile application in the form of a website specifically adapted for mobile devices such as iPhone, iPad, Android devices and other smartphones. It also works well in many less advanced mobile phones with Internet access.

1. Visit m.pianostreet.com with your mobile device’s Internet browser.
2. Login with your Piano Street membership details.
3. Browse the composer lists to view any of the 23,000+ pages of sheet music.

Read more on the info page for the Mobile Sheet Music Library.


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Recommended Book: Piano Notes – The World of the Pianist

Charles Rosen is one of the world’s most talented pianists — and one of music’s most astute commentators. Known as a performer of Bach, Beethoven, Stravinsky, and Elliott Carter, he has also written highly acclaimed criticism for sophisticated students and professionals.

In Piano Notes, (Free Press, 2002) he writes for a broader audience about an old friend — the piano itself. Drawing upon a lifetime of wisdom and the accumulated lore of many great performers of the past, Rosen shows why the instrument demands such a stark combination of mental and physical prowess. Readers will gather many little-known insights — from how pianists vary their posture, to how splicings and microphone placements can ruin recordings, to how the history of composition was dominated by the piano for two centuries. Stories of many great musicians abound.

Rosen reveals Nadia Boulanger’s favorite way to avoid commenting on the performances of her friends (“You know what I think,” spoken with utmost earnestness), why Glenn Gould’s recordings suffer from “double-strike” touches, and how even Vladimir Horowitz became enamored of splicing multiple performances into a single recording.

Rosen’s explanation of the piano’s physical pleasures, demands, and discontents will delight and instruct anyone who has ever sat at a keyboard, as well as everyone who loves to listen to the instrument. In the end, he strikes a contemplative note.

Western music was built around the piano from the classical era until recently, and for a good part of that time the instrument was an essential acquisition for every middle-class household. Music making was part of the fabric of social life. Yet those days have ended. Fewer people learn the instrument today. The rise of recorded music has homogenized performance styles and greatly reduced the frequency of public concerts. Music will undoubtedly survive, but will the supremely physical experience of playing the piano ever be the same?

Buy at Amazon.com

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Piano News Flash – January 2011

Piano Street’s monthly series of hand picked piano related links collected during January.


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Sandbar Became World Renowned Piano Bar

In early January this puzzling mystery gave a whole new meaning to the phrase “piano bar.”
A grand piano appeared on a sandbar in Biscayne Bay, Miami.

How and why the piano got there was a mystery.
A grand piano weighs at least 650 pounds and is unwieldly to move, said Bob Shapiro, a salesman at Piano Music Center in Pembroke Park. “You don’t take it out there in a rowboat,” Shapiro said.

A few days ago the mystery was solved:

In this Jan. 2, 2011 photo provided by Nicholas Harrington, Julian Kolevris-Roots, 18, is shown sitting at a piano on a sandbar in Miamis Biscayne Bay.

In this Jan. 2, 2011 photo provided by Nicholas Harrington, Julian Kolevris-Roots, 18, is shown sitting at a piano on a sandbar in Miami's Biscayne Bay.

A young man – Nick Harrington, 16 – had intended to make a “surreal video” of the piano perched atop the sandbar’s highest point, with Miami’s glittering skyline as a backdrop, to impress the college admissions officers at the Cooper Union in Manhattan, where he hopes to study art or music.
On January 2, Nick, his older brother, and two neighbors lifted the instrument onto the family’s 22-foot boat and took it out on Biscayne Bay, leaving it on the sandbar’s highest spot.
The video was never made, although Nick and his family took some pictures of him pretending to play it while the piano was on fire. Not long afterward, boaters discovered it, and for days people guessed about the back story of the “piano bar.”


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GUINNESS WORLD RECORD for the World’s Largest Recording Series by a Solo Artist

The Complete Liszt Piano Music with Leslie Howard to be released in February 2011

In 1986, to mark the centenary of Franz Liszt’s death, Leslie Howard gave a series of ten Liszt recitals in London’s Wigmore Hall. By excluding Liszt’s arrangements (fantasies and transcriptions) of other composers’ works, and by selecting only the final versions of Liszt’s original works for solo piano, Howard was able to represent Liszt’s entire solo piano oeuvre in these mammoth recital programmes.
The founder and Managing Director of Hyperion Records was present at these recitals, and invited Howard to record for the label. This resulted in the largest recording project ever undertaken by a recording artist (including pop artists) – that of the complete music for solo piano of Liszt. All Liszt’s versions of his piano music were included, including more than 300 premiere performances and recordings, and pieces unheard since Liszt’s lifetime, and also all Liszt’s arrangements of other composers’ works. Four discs were given to Liszt’s seventeen works for piano and orchestra, about half of which were premiere recordings made from unpublished manuscripts.

The series ran at first to 94 full-length CDs, and earned Howard a place in the Guinness Book Of Records. (The second volume of works for piano and orchestra included a bonus disc, not counted in the series numbering, which contained Ungarische Zigeunerweisen, a work for piano and orchestra by Liszt’s favourite female student Sophie Menter: Liszt’s exact involvement in the work is unknown, but he probably helped Menter in the composition of the solo part in the year before his death; the work was orchestrated seven years later by Menter’s friend Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, who conducted Menter in the premiere the following year).
The last disc of the Liszt series was recorded in December 1998, and released on 22 October 1999, Liszt’s birthday. Since completion of the project, two supplementary volumes have been released as further Liszt manuscripts have come to light. And a double-disc third supplementary volume has been recorded, and will be released in February 2011, bringing the total number of CDs in the series to 99.

Read more an listen to samples on Hyperion Records:
Liszt: The Complete Piano Music


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