By William Brown
As soloist, grasp classification instructor, and pianist of the world-renowned Beaux Arts Trio, Menahem Pressler can boast of 4 Grammy nominations, 3 honorary doctorates, greater than eighty recordings, and lifelong success awards provided via France, Germany, and Israel. Former Pressler scholar William Brown strains the master's pianistic improvement via Rudiakov, Kestenberg, Vengerova, Casadesus, Petri, and Steuermann, mixing suggestions and traditions derived from Beethoven, Chopin, Liszt, and J. S. Bach.
Brown provides Pressler's method of functionality and instructing, together with technical workouts, rules of leisure and overall physique involvement, and photographs to lead the pianist's creativity towards expressive interpretation. Insights from the author's personal classes, interviews with Pressler, and memories of greater than a hundred Pressler scholars from the earlier 50 years are collected during this textual content. Measure-by-measure classes on 23 piano masterworks by way of, between others, Bach, Bartók, Debussy, and Ravel in addition to transcriptions of Pressler's fingerings, hand redistributions, training directions, musical rankings, and grasp classification performances are included.
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2 no. 3, a Mozart concerto, Beethoven’s Piano Concerto no. 1, and Chopin works, including Impromptus, Nocturnes, Mazurkas, and Waltzes. “To some extent,” Pressler muses about that period of his life, “I was considered special [in the family] because I did what I did, which was playing music, and being successful quite early, so they all tried to help. If I had a recital, they all publicized it. They all tried to sell tickets. ” While Menahem studied the piano, his father, Moritz, kept watch on the political climate, thinking that the situation for Jews would improve.
That he said ‘yes’ and that he came was a big surprise. And so, that’s one of the reasons the marriage has held up so well! “We got married in Jerusalem, which, of course, now it has even more meaning, great meaning for us. ’ But everyone in the family and friends said, ‘He won’t come. ’ You know, ‘I’m busy this Saturday, I have something else to do. ’ No, he came himself in person. ” Sara was born in Tel Aviv and brought up in the little town of Petach-Tikvah (which means Opening of Hope), and went to school in Ramat-Gan.
Wedding Photo of Menahem and Sara Pressler, 1949 Fig. 5. Wedding Photo, 1949. Menahem and Sara are seated on the right. Moritz Pressler is seated next to Menahem, with Judith Pressler third from the left. “We were married in Israel, but we left immediately for Holland. I had two recitals scheduled in Holland. I also had a concert with a fine orchestra and conductor in London, a benefit, I think, for the University, and I had concerts in Paris. ” The two settled in New York, and soon thereafter, Sara mentioned to violinist Isaac Stern that Pressler was looking for a teacher.