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PRACTICE TIPS #38: Rudolf Serkin  Brent Hugh
 Oct 12, 2000 16:09 PDT 
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PRACTICE TIPS #38: Rudolf Serkin

Here is an interesting excerpt from Ruth Slenczynska's "Thoughts on
Memorizing" (http://www.siue.edu/MUSIC/html/ruths.html):

During a busy concert season in the early 60's Rudolf Serkin and I crossed
paths in San Francisco's Fairmont Hotel; we were both performing in that
city at different
venues. He graciously invited me to share breakfast with him in his suite.
There was a console piano. On it was an old triangular metronome. He was
practicing the left hand alone of the Rondo from Beethoven's Opus 26 Sonata.

For those who don't know, Rudolf Serkin (1903-1991) was one of the greatest
pianists of the 20th century. If he, of all people, felt the need to spend
hours painstakingly practicing his repertoire left hand alone, with
metronome, then maybe the rest of us shouldn't be too proud to give it a
try, too!

The left hand gives character and depth to your performance. It may not
always be in the foreground, but its lower and inner musical lines can and
should be as musical and beautiful as any lines in the music, whether
foreground or background.

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