In the previous lessons, you have already learned how to sit correctly at the piano (link) and got acquainted with its device (link). Now the most pleasant part is the contact with the keyboard.
At first glance, there is nothing difficult about putting your hand on the piano. But in fact, even at this stage, there may be errors that are better to eliminate immediately. To avoid deflection of the fingers, place the handle in the center of the palm, thus forming a dome of the hand. This is the most correct and natural position of the hand to play the piano. Continue reading
You were given a life sentence and there is only a piano in the cell? Then we have something for you… from Liszt to Scriabin-10 of the most technically complex works ever written for the piano.
1.Franz Liszt-La Companella
The work La Campanella, which means “bell” in Italian, is a piano transcription of the eponymous violin piece by Niccolo Paganini. The etude is considered one of the most complex compositions ever written for the piano. Continue reading
The standard piano has 88 keys: 52 white and 36 black. But who decided that this number would be the norm and why?
Before the invention of the piano, composers wrote music for the harpsichord, which has only 60 keys. This meant that all their works were limited to the five-octave range of this instrument.
Around 1700, Italian master instrumentalist Bartolomeo Cristofori decided that it was time to update the harpsichord, and came up with a new keyboard instrument with a percussion mechanism. Cristofori worked at the court of Ferdinando de ‘ Medici, where he was the Keeper of musical instruments. Continue reading