DVD Contents

Topics Covered

Presentations By Edna Golandsky
Master Classes By Dorothy Taubman

Note: All demonstrations are conducted on the piano. It is recommended that pianists study volumes 1-10 and other musicians study volumes 1-5.

Volume 1: Introductory Principles and Concepts

  • Principles of coordinate movement
  • Mechanics of the piano
  • The leverage system
  • The muscles involved in piano playing
  • Finger movements analyzed
  • How to determine height of bench
  • Cause of injuries
  • An evaluation of exercises
  • Master class: Liszt Sonetto del Petrarca #104

Volume 2: Forearm Rotation

  • Why “forearm rotation” for finger work, speed
  • Double rotation and single rotation
  • Use of the thumb in the Taubman Technique
  • Forearm rotation in scales, chords, arpeggios, repeated notes, double thirds
  • Working with the injured pianist
  • Tobias Matthay and forearm rotation

Volume 3: In-and-Out Arm Movements

  • In-and-Out Arm Movements
  • Backward and Forward Shifts
    • for different finger lengths
    • from white to black key area, vice versa
  • Forearm rotation combined with in & out arm movements
  • Scales & arpeggios
  • Solution for wide fingers in black key area
  • Double note tremolos

Volume 4: The Walking Arm & Hand Movements

  • Lateral and vertical forearm adjustment
  • Synchronization of fingers, hand and forearm
  • Forearm and hand weight for chords
  • Legato chords and intervals
  • Negotiating distances
  • Combining walking arm with rotation
  • Broken octaves
  • Alternating from double intervals or chords to single notes

Volume 5: Shaping and Octaves

  • Shaping to combine all movements via curvilinear motion
  • Technical and interpretive aspects of shaping
  • Handling chords, intervals, legato and dynamics
  • Rotation and octaves
  • Free fall and rebound of forearm
  • Legato and speed in octaves
  • Master Class Excerpt: Schubert, A Major Posthumous Sonata

Volume 6: Grouping

  • How principles of grouping can help organize passages for ease of execution
  • Grouping to avoid stretching
  • Grouping for different densities of notes
  • Grouping to facilitate changes of direction
  • Grouping to facilitate leaps with complex metric designs
  • Grouping for long running passages
  • Master Class: Dorothy Taubman

Volume 7: Leaps

  • How to play leaps that don’t miss
  • Legato leaps
  • Staccato leaps
  • Minimizing the distance of a leap
  • When both hands must leap at the same time
  • Repeated leaps
  • Master Class: Dorothy Taubman

Volume 8: Interdependence

  • Interdependence vs. Independence of the hands
  • Pitfalls of practicing the hands separately
  • Vertical learning and horizontal learning
  • Interdependence of Rotation, In & Out movements and Shaping
  • Alternating hands
  • Security in complex metric designs
  • Timing broken chords and ornaments
  • Playing legato in one hand and staccato in the other
  • Memorization:
    • Different components involved in memorizing
    • Causes for memory slips
    • Explanation and instructions for security in memorizing

Volume 9: Fingering

  • What is a good fingering and why
  • Fingering to place you at the best advantage for fluent execution of passage
  • How to avoid fingering that causes stretching, twisting, or crowding
  • When and why to redistribute a passage between the two hands
  • Avoiding the pitfalls of some traditional dogmas
  • Master Class: Dorothy Taubman

Volume 10: Tone, Legato, and Enslavement to Notation

  • Uses and misuses of legato
  • Does physical legato always lead to musical legato?
  • how to make octaves, chords, and stretchy passages that cannot be physically connected sound connected
  • Role of shaping and pedaling in legato playing
  • Physical components of ton production
  • Interpreting the score to realize the composer’s intention
  • How musical results depend on technical means
  • Master Class: Dorothy Taubman

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Josie Gebhardt
Rochester, New York

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Gilson Schachnik
Associate Professor, Berklee College of Music

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Maureen Volk
Professor, School of Music, Memorial University of Newfoundland; BM, University of Regina (Canada); MM, Juilliard; DMA, Indiana University

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Barbara Banacos
Boston, MA

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Karin Boisvert, MD
Quebec, Canada

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Cynthia A. Rose, R.N.

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Ilya Itin
Concert pianist; 1st prize and special Chopin Prize, Robert Casadesus Int’l Piano Competition; 1991 Cleveland 1st prize; Contemporary Music Award and BBC TV viewers poll, Leeds Int’l Piano Competition; 1996 UK

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Leo Gorelkin, MD
Long Island, NY

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Angelo Campana
Australia

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Thomas Bagwell
BM, Mannes College of Music; MM, Manhattan School of Music; Assistant Conductor, Metropolitan Opera, Washington Opera, Santa Fe Opera; Faculty, Mannes College of Music; previously taught at Yale University, Marlboro Festival; Recitals with Midori, Marilyn Horne, Frederica Von Stade, James Morris and Roberta Peters

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Francesco Libetta
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John Patrick Connolly, Jr.
Gilleece Doctoral Fellow, The Graduate Center, The City University of New York

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Luke Maasry
Student, Eastman School of Music

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David Martin
UK

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Linette A. Popoff-Parks
Professor and Chair, Music Department, Madonna University

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H. Franklin Bunn, MD
Professor, Harvard Medical School

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Bill Charlap

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Don Glanden
Chairman of the Piano Department, University of the Arts

The movements are designed to put you in the optimum position for every note…you have more control over the sound of every note.

Tom Lawton
Temple University

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