(Art of Piano Performance Series)Peter Coraggio & Jon. J. Murakami - Neil A. Kjos Music Company
If you want your students to truly learn, understand and recall the history of the piano and the great pianists, give them this thorough, scholarly and entertaining historical overview in the form of a comic book. It takes the reader through music and art history - from the Greeks, to the history of early keyboard instruments and players, to Bartolomeo Cristofori's invention of the fortepiano in 1700, through the life of Franz Liszt. Author/pianist Peter Coraggio and illustrator Jon J. Murakami have collaborated to create the Art of Piano Performance Series of five comic books: Imagery in Music (5895610); Musical Style (5983557); Pedaling - "The Soul of the Piano" (5558044); The Spectrum of Expressive Touches (5558051); and last but certainly not least, Perfect Practice -or- Chunks, Clumps, Hunks, Clods - Blocks Slivers, Slices, and Globs (5558069). These comic books are nothing short of brilliant as they effectively convey the true art of piano performance in a way we can all relate. Readers will get to know Maestro Profondo (musician extraordinaire), Musabella (Profondo's lovely teaching assistant), Agitato (neophyte student), and their musical friends while becoming inspired, motivated, and educated. Recommended for piano students from ages 10 to 100 - from beginners to advanced players!
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