Richard Smith's My Piano, My Body And Me - Book 2 develops the holistic approach to technique, musicianship and interpretation adopted in the first publication.
This book is suitable for students at an intermediate level and covers music from different periods. It charts the Piano's development, showing how the larger instruments that emerged at the end of the 19th century made different physical and mental demands on performers.
Pianists today are playing very different instruments to their predecessors. This demands close consideration when performing music from the Baroque, Classical, Romantic and 20th century. Why should I approach Baroque music differently to that written in the Romantic period? What is direct pedalling....and finger pedalling? How do I play and count unusual time signatures? These are all questions that My Piano, My Body And Me - Book 2 will answer.
This book is equally instructive and illuminating as its predecessor and contains another selection of inspiring, imaginative pieces specifically written to practise particular skills and techniques - e.g. grace notes ('Kestrel'), the una corda pedal ('Serenity'), compound time ('Loving Living') and unusual time signatures ('All in Good Time').