Course Content (Syllabus)
Basic aim of the lessons offered is the presentation of the approach necessary to read a music score regardless of era, genre or technical difficulty and to play it on the piano. The student is not judged according to the level of technical difficulty achieved in piano playing; it is central to assess the importance of each instrument/line and to play only the quintessential on the piano in the best possible manner.
Difficult scores are avoided since reading and comprehending them mentally or practically (on the piano) is a matter of preparation only. The student needs to have the ability to discern between basic lines, thematic material, main melodies, main patterns etc. The remaining voices are to be included in the accompaniment, depending on the level of available dexterity.
This class is taught in groups; However, each student is given personal attention and guidance during score playing on the piano while the rest of the class attends, offering more knowledge and experience. Musical material used includes Overtures, Symphonies, Concerts, Opera exerts etc.
Additional bibliography for study
Creuzburg, H. (1956). Partiturspiel. Band 1 & 2. Schott, Mainz
Gartenlaub, O. (1969). Préparation au Déchiffrage Pianistique. Cahiers 1, 2,3 & 4. Éditions Rideau Rouge, Paris
Keilmann, W. (1970). Introduction to Sight Reading. Henry Litolff’s Verlag, Frankfurt
Kleinová, E. (1986). Schule des Vomblattspiels in Form des Vierhändigspiels. Editio Supraphon, Praha
Morris, R. O.; Ferguson, H. (1931). Preparatory Exercises in Score-Reading. Oxford University Press
Nelson, S. M. (1998). Flip-a-rhythm: the ultimate rhythm game. Volumes 1-2-3-4. Boosey & Hawkes, London.