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Old school vs. new school pianist performances (Read 845 times)

Offline bernadette60614

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Old school vs. new school pianist performances
« on: June 10, 2018, 03:02:50 PM »
I've attended piano concerts given by some of the greats..Brendel, Watts, Axe. As those performers perform less publicly, I've attended concerts with some of the up and coming pianists.

I've noticed that the greats seem very "still" at the piano.  And, that the newer performers move their bodies more so.

Anyone else noticed this, and are younger pianists taught to use more of their bodies in playing?

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Re: Old school vs. new school pianist performances
«Reply #1 on: June 10, 2018, 04:11:34 PM »
Many of todays pianists do it to cover up for their lack of real musicality (not all though). Of course the normal audience will fall for these kinds of cheap tricks. Lang Lang is a great example of this.
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Re: Old school vs. new school pianist performances
«Reply #2 on: June 10, 2018, 04:34:35 PM »
I was never taught to use more of my body when playing.... I just always have done it that way. But I have an old style  teacher, who has made me learn to play with virtually no movement. I personally find it unnatural and uncomfortable , but I am forcing myself to adapt.

I am not a young pianist, but Iím just wondering if young pianists now are allowed more freedom by their teachers..... Rather than  being taught to use their bodies more. In other words, maybe their natural movement is not being stifled

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Re: Old school vs. new school pianist performances
«Reply #3 on: June 10, 2018, 04:45:18 PM »
I was never taught to use more of my body when playing.... I just always have done it that way. But I have an old style  teacher, who has made me learn to play with virtually no movement. I personally find it unnatural and uncomfortable , but I am forcing myself to adapt.

I am not a young pianist, but Iím just wondering if young pianists now are allowed more freedom by their teachers..... Rather than  being taught to use their bodies more. In other words, maybe their natural movement is not being stifled

The same with my teacher who is rather "old school" I guess...was difficult at first to rely on "only as much as necessary" movements, but I do think I play better when I sit still and use the energy to listening. Maybe that's why the "old ones" do sound so good...