Piano Methods (General)

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Anna Priscilla Risher

Postby Phillip210 » Tue Mar 07, 2017 1:28 pm

It may seem dull at first sight, but this little book of finger excercises is really useful, and promotes stretching between the inner fingers without breaking them. I use it myself a great deal. It is by Anna Priscilla Risher (1875-1946) and is unusual for being written solely for the white notes (there is no instruction to transpose), and maybe that's all one needs to fulfil this particular technical aim. Here is more about Risher: http://www.parlorsongs.com/bios/aprisher/aprisher.php

And you can download the studies from here: https://eu.storagemadeeasy.com/files/f562ccd59dc614db20eb750fb56517f1.pdf. I will put them on IMSLP, but they will only be available on the EU server, I guess.
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Re: Piano Methods (General)

Postby soh choon wee » Mon Aug 07, 2017 1:56 am

I watched this youtube.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vKXUswFm9b4

Dr. James I. McKeever is the editor of "Fundamentals of Piano Technique" by Leon and Olga Conus, last published in 1984.

I am curious anyone has access of this book, and the newer edition that he is working on.....

(i could not find the book in South East Asia, China or Japan) I wish there is a sample excerpts since the editor is still alive.....
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Re: Piano Methods (General)

Postby Jim Faston » Mon Aug 07, 2017 11:18 am

Book 2 of the 1953 edition is on archive.org.

https://archive.org/details/fundamentalsofpi00conu
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Re: Piano Methods (General)

Postby musiclife217 » Sun Aug 27, 2017 1:37 am

A wonderful but forgotten piano method book is the Thomas Tapper series of Piano Pieces and Studies (7 levels of each for a total of 14 volumes)

Tapper-Graded Pieces Level 03.pdf


Tapper-Graded Pieces Level 04.pdf


I have Vol. 2 and will scan and post, as soon as I can.

I am also posting Vols. 3-4... is any able to convert these files to black and white? I do not have the capability and it would be so helpful for printing

Here are the contents of Vols. 3-4...

Vol. III
Reinecke, Carl - - A Scheherzade Story
Korganov, Genari - -Waltz
Grondahl, Agathe Backer - - Dance, Peasant’s
Paine, John K. - Op. 26 No. 05 - Dance, Village
Reinhold, Hugo - - Mystic Flight
Tchaikovsky, Pyotr Ilyich - Op. 39 No. 08 - Waltz
Strelezki, Anton - - Dance, Shadow
Alden, John Carver - - Menuet des Enfants
Bach, Johann Sebastian - - Menuet (Bb)
Tchaikovsky, Pyotr Ilyich - Op. 39 No. - Song of the Lark
Heller, Stephen - - Variations, Theme and
Sartorio, Arnoldo - - Tone Blossoms
Lekeu, Guillaume - - Chansonnette sans Paroles
Hummel, Johann Nepomuk - - Variations on “Tyrolienne”
Kleffel, Arno - - Mignon
Schumann, Robert - Op. 124 No. 16 - Schlummerlied

Vol. IV

Backer-Grondahl, Agathe - Op. 15 No. 01 - Serenade
Rogers, James H. - Op. 24 No. 03 - Chansonette
Korganov, Genari - Op. 20 No. 01 - Melodie - Adieu
Kjerulf, Halfdan - Op. 28 No. 05 - Spring Song
Esipoff, Stepan - Op. 27 No. 03 - Gavotte Moderne
Turini, F. - Prestissimo
Smith, Wilson G. - Op. 67 - Etude-Arabesque
Sinding, Christian - Op. 33 No. 04 - Serenade
Schutt, Eduard - Op. 34 No. 05 - Reverie
Grieg, Edvard - Op. 28 No. 03 - Album Leaf (Vivace) (a.k.a. Danse Caprice)
Reinecke, Carl - ???-  Prelude

Finally, I DO have the complete Studies Vols. 01-07, which may amount to a lot of scanning. I can post the contents and circulate interest.

Also, does ANYONE have the upper levels of Tapper's Graded Piano Pieces... Vols. 5, 6, and 7? I have searched and searched and would love to obtain them or at least discover their contents! Any aid or leads are MUCH appreciated !!!!
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Re: Piano Methods (General)

Postby Jean-Séb » Sun Aug 27, 2017 8:59 am

Many thanks for these two books. This is delightful material. I had never heard of these.
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Re: Piano Methods (General)

Postby musiclife217 » Sun Aug 27, 2017 2:49 pm

Jean-Séb wrote:Many thanks for these two books. This is delightful material. I had never heard of these.


You're very welcome! Here are the contents of Tapper's Graded Studies...Any interest in these?

again, any help with the rest of the Graded Pieces (Vols. 5, 6, 7) would be GREATLY appreciated!

Vol. I - Etudes, 214 Small

Vol. II
Bordese, Luigi - - Melody (arr.)
Somervell, Alfred - - Left Hand Melody
Duvernoy, Jean-Baptiste - - Sustained Tones
Behrens, Henri - - Melody in Moving Fingers
Anonymous - - Trill Study
Bertini, Henri - - Trill Study
Pauer, Ernst - - Syncopation
Pauer, Ernst - - Broken-Chord Etude
Concone, Giuseppe - - The Octave in Skip
Duvernoy, Jean-Baptiste - Broken-Chord Etude
Germer, Heinrich - - Study for the Fifth Finger
Reinecke, Carl - Op. 268 No. 13 - The Distant View (Blick in Die Ferne)
Bertini, Henri - - Combined Staccato and Legato
Hummel, Johann Nepomuk - - Etude (Am)
Czerny, Carl - - Broken Chords
Lemoine, Henri - - Study in Double Notes
Hilliger, H. - - The A Major Scale
Wanhal, J. B. - - Staccato Etude
Hilliger, H. - - Etude for Lightness and Rapidity
Pauer, Ernst - - The Arpeggio
Hilliger, H. - - Prelude (Eb)
Concone, Giuseppe - - Major and Minor Scale
Schmoll, Anton - - Variations, Theme and Three
Tchaikovsky, Pyotr - - German Song
Pauer, Ernst - - Rhythmic Study
Rinck, - - Prelude (from The Organ School)
Handel, George Frideric - - Prelude
Armand, J. O. - Op. 10 - Fughette
Kullak, Theodore - - The Song of the Clock
Tchaikovsky, Pyotr Ilyich - - March of the Tin Soldiers

Vol. III
Czerny, Carl - - Etude for Lightness and Rapidity
Wilm, Nicolai von - - Catch Me!
Mayer, Charles - - Drinking Song
Schwalm, R. - - The Double Dot - Graziella
Grondahl, Agathe Backer - - Etude, Petite
Grondahl, Agathe Backer - - Etude, Petite
Schmoll, Anton - - Primavera
Pauer, Ernst - - Scale Passages in Thirds
Ascher, Joseph -  - The Division of Groups Between the Hands
Czerny, Carl - - Rhythm
Horvath, Geza - - Melody for the Left Hand Alone
Heller, Stephen - - Barcarolle
Poldini, Ede - - Shepherd’s Song
Reinhold, Hugo - - Prelude
Pauer, Ernst - - Broken Chord Study
Czerny, Carl - - Arpeggio Study
Loeschhorn, Carl Albert - Scale Study
Beethoven, Ludwig van - - Variations on a Swiss Folksong, Six
Loeschhorn, Carl Albert - - Chromatic Study
Bach, Carl Philipp Emmanuel - - Solfeggio
Handel, George Frideric - - Sarabande with Two Variations
Hoffmann, Heinrich - - The Wavelets
Raff, Joachim - - Long and Short Phrase Groups

Vol. IV
Czerny, Carl - - For Lightness and Rapidity
Hiller, Ferdinand - - Rhythmic and Metric Study (Andante Grave)
Bertini, Henri - - Octave Study
Rosellen, Henri - - Melody in Octaves
Raff, Joachim - - Melody in Octaves Between the Hands
Kiel, Friedrich - - Broken Chord Study
Schnecker, Peter August - - Melody in G (for the Left Hand)
Jensen, Adolf - - Rhythmic Study
Heller, Stephen - - Melody in Triplet Groups
Hiller, Ferdinand - - Metric Study
Horvath, Geza - - Broken Octaves
Rosellen, Henri - - Double Thirds
Duvernoy, Frederic - - Detached Chords
Stamaty, Camille - - The Thumb in Arpeggio Passages
Stamaty, Camille - - Les Etincelles (The Sparks)
Cramer, Johann Baptiste - - Double Notes
Czerny, Carl - - Detached Chords
Reinecke, Carl - - Interlocking Hands

Vol. V
Paradisi, Pietro Domenico - - Sonata
Stamaty, Camille - - Study in Thirds
Handel, George Fridrich - - Variations, Theme and (from the Fourth Suite)
Hiller, Ferdinand - - Study in Velocity
Laurens, Edmond - Op. 24 No. 01 - Paladin
Coleridge-Taylor, Samuel - Op. 59 No. 01 - At The Dawn of Day (Luku Ku Ti Ga)
Rheinberger, Josef - - Fugue
Preyer, Carl A. - Op. 30 No. 12 - Octave Study
Preyer, Carl A. - Op. 30 No. 15 - Alla Zingarese
Jadassohn, Salomon - - Prelude
Schutt, Eduard - Op. 16 No. 01 - Etude Mignonne
Clementi, Muzio - - Broken Octaves
Haberbier, Ernst - Op. 53 - Apprehension
Scriabin, Aleksandr - Op. 11 No. 04 - Prelude

Vol. VI
Thalberg, Sigismund - Op. 45 - Etude, Theme et
Grondahl, Agathe Backer - Op. 11 No. 01 - Etude (Allegro con Fuoco)
Henselt, Adolf von - Op. 05 No. 07 - Etude
Tiniakov, Aleksander - - Prelude
Scharwenka, Xaver - Op. 27 No. 03 - Etude (Staccato)
Scriabin, Aleksandr - Op. 42 No. 07 - Etude (Agitato)
Sinding, Christian - Op. 32 No. 03 - Rustle of Spring
Kessler, Joseph - Op. 20 No. 08 - Capriccio
Kalkbrenner, Friedrich - Op. 20 No. 21 - Etude in Sixths
Schumann, Robert - - Etude in Canon Form (transcr. Rene Chansarel)
Cramer, Johann Baptist - - Trill Study
Kalkbrenner, Friedrich - Op. 108 - Double Sixths

Vol. VII
Brassin, Louis - WoO - Impressions d’Automne
Philipp, Isidor - WoO - Etude de Concert (2nd) (after Chopin Op. 64 No. 01 - Waltz (“Minute”) (for the Left Hand)
Scriabin, Alexandre - Op. 42 No. 01 - Etude
Czerny, Carl - - Etude [in Octaves]
Agghazy, Karoly - Op. 21 - Etude de Concert
Haberbier, Ernst - - Bachlein (The Brooklet)
Krzyzanowski, Ignacy - - Variations, Theme and Eight (with Nocturne (No. 06))
Zarzycki, Alexander - Op. 19 No. 01 - Chant d’Amour
Sinding, Christian - Op. 44 Book 5 - Caprice
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Re: Piano Methods (General)

Postby Jean-Séb » Sun Aug 27, 2017 6:53 pm

I don't quite understand what these books are. Vol.III and IV do not correspond to vol.II and IV that you already shared. Is it a different series?
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Re: Piano Methods (General)

Postby musiclife217 » Mon Aug 28, 2017 1:09 am

Jean-Séb wrote:I don't quite understand what these books are. Vol.III and IV do not correspond to vol.II and IV that you already shared. Is it a different series?


Hi Jean....Yes, there are 14 books divided between "Pieces" and "Studies" (read: Etudes)...There are 7 books of "Pieces" and 7 books of "Studies." I posted Vols. 3-4 of the "Pieces" and all of the contents of the 7 volumes of "Studies." Hope that clears it up! I am still missing the upper levels of the "Pieces" series...Vols. 5, 6, 7. Any help would be greatly, greatly appreciated!

Your feedback on any or all of the content is also welcome. :)
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Re: Piano Methods (General)

Postby Jean-Séb » Mon Aug 28, 2017 6:11 pm

Thank you for these explanations.
musiclife217 wrote:I am also posting Vols. 3-4... is any able to convert these files to black and white? I do not have the capability and it would be so helpful for printing

I had trouble to convert your two files to decent B&W files but I am not an expert.
Tapper Grade IV B&W1.pdf
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Re: Piano Methods (General)

Postby musiclife217 » Tue Aug 29, 2017 12:25 pm

Jean-Séb wrote:Thank you for these explanations.
musiclife217 wrote:I am also posting Vols. 3-4... is any able to convert these files to black and white? I do not have the capability and it would be so helpful for printing

I had trouble to convert your two files to decent B&W files but I am not an expert.
Tapper-Graded Pieces Level 03 B&W2redred.pdf
Tapper Grade IV B&W1.pdf


Thank you very much for the effort!
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