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Two New Mozart Piano Pieces Discovered

The International Mozarteum Foundation in Salzburg has announced it has discovered two previously unknown compositions written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. They will be performed by clavichordist Florian Birsak on Mozart’s own fortepiano at the family’s old Salzburg residence. Read more >>

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« on: October 07, 2005, 09:36:10 PM »

i'm facing a most crazy, daunting and backbreaking task: i have to learn the B-flat concerto by Brahms (2nd one) in 2 months. So apart from polishing again every aspect of piano playing, i need a sort of plan to make my practicing as efficient as possible. It took me now about 2 weeks to get the first movement in my fingers, but second and fourth will be much harder i'm afraid.

help from managers, time-wizards etc. much appreciated :-)
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« Reply #1 on: October 08, 2005, 04:45:15 PM »

Have a look here:

(how to organise piano practise in short/medium/long term – Principle of memory retention – Principle of 15 minute sessions – stopping when you achieve your goals. Teachers should teach how to learn)

(how big are your hands, and does it matter?  7 x 20 minutes – exercise/activities to strengthen the playing apparatus – ways to deal with wide chords – the myth that Richter was self-taught – 3 stages of learning – Example: Chopin militaire Polonaise - scientific principles for testing practice methods – Example: Prelude in F#m from WTC1 – when to join hands and why HS – practice is improvement – the principle of “easy” – Example: Chopin’s ballade no. 4 – repeated groups)

(Does age and practice time matter? –  Summaries of the 7 x 20 approach – averages and standard deviations are given for the several numbers – need for a practice diary – how to deal with mastering something and forgetting it next day – what exactly is mastery – the 3 stages of mastery)

(How long to practice – having an aim, achieving it and moving on – How to define aim)

(Summary of links to optimise practising and planning)

(3 principles of super efficient/fast learning)

(How to organise the breaking down of a piece over several days. Examples: CPE Bach Fantasia, Blow Sarabande, Chopin Cantabile; Chopin Scherzo no. 2)

(How to plan your work for the next five years)

(How to break a piece in sessions – Example: Invention no. 1).

(Time management for someone who wants to learn the flute)
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