A Diary of Clara Schumann's Last Years of Teaching

Because of poor health, Clara Schumann (1819–1896) gave notice in February 1892 that she would no longer teach at the Frankfurt Conservatory. Her daughters Marie (1841–1929) and Eugenie (1851–1938) also left the conservatory at the same time. The next month Eugenie became ill and remained in a weakened state for severa...
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Spring 2019: Poetry Corner

Mouse II Today I'm a mouseminute enoughto patter along the pedalsinto the pianoThe smell of this feltyou must realizeis something divineassailing our nosesover a distance of milesEagerlywe set about the hammersexploiting them to build our neststhen we nibble at the dampersuntil they stop dampingWhat's the point of dampers anywayWe field mice prefer...
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January/February 2019: Poetry Corner

Contributing Editor: Richard Zimdars Poem by Virginia Hamilton Adair The Birds Preach to St. Francis [Variation on a Theme by Liszt] What could he tell them they did not already know? Their wings were beating the air like tongues at Pentecost, their beaks unrolling ribbons of fire. "Man," they chorused, "dip and dance as we do in the eddies of air....
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Book Review: A Dictionary for the Modern Pianist

By Stephen Siek: Rowman & Littlefield, 2017, $89.98  After the excellent reception for his biography of Tobias Matthay (England's Piano Sage, Scarecrow Press, 2011), Stephen Siek took on a different challenge: writing a piano dictionary. The word "Modern" in Siek's title does not refer to pianists who play contemporary music, but...
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November/December 2018: Poetry Corner

Contributing Editor, Richard ZimdarsPoem by Howard Nemerov Lines & CircularitiesOn hearing Casals' recording of the Sixth Suite Deep in a time that cannot come againBach thought it through, this lonely and immenseReflexion wherein our sorrows learn to dance.And deep in the time that cannot come againCasals recorded it. Playing it back,And ...
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Two Pianists in Time of War

War requires many adjustments by the populations of the countries involved, and musicians are not immune from these circumstances. The lives of two pianists, one who lived during World War I and the other during the Korean War, illustrate the pressures placed upon individuals. communities, and societies. November 11, 2...
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July/August 2018: Poetry

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Homage to John Cage Silence is so accurate. —Mark Rothko  Light through vaulted windows, the shadows of elms in wind. On stage, the pianist, hands in his lap. Still. The shadows strumming his face, his hands. Four minutes and thirty-three seconds of silence so you may hear the music of conditioned air through vents, rustling clothes, the ...
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May/June 2018: Preludes

Preludes
Musical News and Notes News from Clavier Companion! Starting with the September/October 2018 issue, Clavier Companion will feature a number of new and expanded columns—improvisational arts, the business of music, wellness and technology. You will see your favorites—Julie Jaffee Nagel, Bradley Sowash, Wendy Stevens, and Leila Viss—from time to time,...
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Poetry Corner

Brahms: Waltz[Op. 39, No. 15]As the departing soul looks down upon the earth and its gaze sweeps the grass, takes in the house where time still lingers among tasks left undone:so the hands hover once more over the keys, and the melody, full of outworn desire, repeats itself before it is extinguished.— Norman Finkelstein"Brahms: Waltz [Op. 39, No. 1...
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Surveying the college job market

Surveying the college job market
Teaching piano or working as a staff accompanist at a college, conservatory, or university is a desirable career for many pianists. Holding a full-time position in academia can have many rewards: teaching piano, chamber music, piano pedagogy, and piano literature to promising young musicians; performing solo recitals and chamber music with colleagu...
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The pleasure of learning and searching never ends: An interview with Alfred Brendel

The pleasure of learning and searching never ends: An interview with Alfred Brendel
READING AND WRITING RZ: Charles Alkan, speaking of his friend Chopin, was reported to have said that Chopin was not a reading man. You are clearly a reading and writing man. Your books and articles have contributed stimulating ideas and observations for thirty-five years. Did certain books on music have special value for you, especially in your you...
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