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Playing Beyond the Notes: A Pianist's Guide to Musical Interpretation


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Playing Beyond the Notes: A Pianist's Guide to Musical Interpretation demystifies the vague and complex concept of musical interpretation in Western tonal piano music by boiling it down to basic principles in an accessible writing style. Its intended audience is performing pianists, independent piano teachers, and piano pedagogy students, and the over 200 repertoire excerpts in the book cover the intermediate to advanced piano literature. Rather than dealing with issues pertaining to performance practice, specific composers, or genres, this book focuses solely on musical interpretation. Each chapter tackles a different interpretive principle, explaining clearly, for example, how to play effective ornaments and rubatos or how to understand transitional sections of pieces. The author supplies a helpful checklist of questions at the end of each chapter. The book aims to help pianists understand concrete ways to apply interpretive concepts to their own playing and to give teachers practical ways to teach interpretation to their students. The book is supplemented by a companion website that hosts over 100 audio recordings to enhance the reader's experience.

About the Author

Deborah Rambo Sinn's diverse career as a pianist has taken her in several directions. She has performed classical concerts on four continents, has served on the faculties of two universities, and has played keyboards for professional musical productions. She lived in Germany for five years where she gained a reputation as a coach for musical interpretation working with various instrumentalists and professional opera singers. She received a doctorate from Indiana University where she studied with Menahem Pressler and James Tocco. Sinn currently resides in Washington State, where she remains active as a teacher, coach, and performer.

Table of Contents

About the Companion Website

Musical Examples and Illustrations



1. The Score

2. Getting Started

3. The End

4. Boxes and Beams

5. Voicing from the Bottom Up

6. Messy Basses

7. Ornamentation: Understanding the Small Print

8. Rubato: Stealing as an Art

9. Deconstructing Phrases

10. Transitions: Getting from Here to There

11. "Staccato Means Short" and Other Myths

12. Pedaling



Common Stylized Dances or Dance-Related Forms

Further Reading


Product Details

Sinn, Deborah Rambo
Oxford University Press, USA
Music-Books on Piano and Harpsichord
Musical Instruments / Piano & Keyboard
Music | Performance Studies, Applied Music | Keyboard: Piano, Organ
Publication Date:
225 music examples and illustrations
7 x 9.9 x 0.5 in 0.65 lb

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Arts and Entertainment » Music » Instruction and Study » Piano Instruction
Arts and Entertainment » Music » Instruction and Study » Techniques
Arts and Entertainment » Music » Instruments » Piano and Keyboard
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