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Title: Technique and the Artistic Image in Dialogue: Exploring Ravel’s Alborada del gracioso. (Lecture Recital)
Authors: Sin, Si Ern Abigail 
Issue Date: 11-Nov-2019
Citation: Sin, Si Ern Abigail (2019-11-11). Technique and the Artistic Image in Dialogue: Exploring Ravel’s Alborada del gracioso. (Lecture Recital). UCSI University Piano Pedagogy Conference 2019. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: In The Art of Piano Playing, the great pedagogue Heinrich Neuhaus introduced the concept of an “Artistic Image” that a pianist constructs in her imagination. The Artistic Image refers to how a pianist views the musical content of a piece, which governs her decisions at the instrument as the Artistic Image is embodied in sound in performance. For Neuhaus, the clearer the goal (i.e. the Artistic Image), the clearer the means of attaining it (i.e. piano technique). However, he intriguingly nuanced his view with the idea that one’s technique could also shape one’s artistic image in the long run. In this lecture recital, I explore Neuhaus’s idea of how one’s personal relationship with the piano can dialogue with the way one views a score, thereby shaping one’s Artistic Image. I will demonstrate that a pianist’s physical, visceral relationship with sound colour and sound production can be a means for perceiving and defining musical structures, and navigating their implications for performance. I will be using Ravel’s Alborada del gracioso as a case study, drawing on Ravel’s orchestration as well as the solo piano version to articulate and qualify issues of sound production and musical structures. I believe that this approach liberates pianists to treat sound production and structure as equal partners in constructing one’s interpretation, rather than separate non-related issues. This could be a useful example for how we might find ways to communicate clearly about sound production and structure to our students, and also to enrich our own practice.
Source Title: UCSI University Piano Pedagogy Conference 2019
URI: https://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/186580
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