Australian-born Allison Nelson is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, where she studied for five years with Rudolf Serkin and Mieczyslaw Horszowski. While at Curtis she married fellow student Harry Neal. They became the well-known two-piano team of Nelson and Neal. Allison Nelson is Professor Emerita at the University of Tennessee at...
Australian-born Allison Nelson is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, where she studied for five years with Rudolf Serkin and Mieczyslaw Horszowski. While at Curtis she married fellow student Harry Neal. They became the well-known two-piano team of Nelson and Neal. Allison Nelson is Professor Emerita at the University of Tennessee at Martin where she was Artist-in-Residence and Distinguished Service Professor. Since her retirement from performing and
teaching, she is in demand for master classes, judging auditions, and coaching while she continues her music research and publications. Dr. Nelson and Maurice Hinson edited the Bizet arrangement of the Schumann Six Etudes in Canon Form, Op. 56, published by Alfred in 2009. 



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The Pedal Piano and the Schumanns

I n 1845, Robert Schumann wrote what are undoubtedly some of the most beautiful and enduring pieces of music for the pedal piano, his Six Etudes in Canon Form, Op. 56; Four Sketches, Op. 58; and Six Fugues on the Name B-A-C-H, Op. 60 (for organ or pedal piano). Schumann was an enthusiastic student of counterpoint, and his interest in the pedal pian...
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