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England's Piano Sage: The Life and Teachings of Tobias Matthay Hardcover – 23 Dec 2011
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Stephen Siek has written a defining work about Tobias Matthay, a valuable addition to any piano library. At a time when the piano world is changing rapidly, Siek's detailed research into the late Victorian musical world in London is enormously readable, and places Matthay's evolving theories about piano art in context to the musical world of his times.--John Kenneth Adams, professor emeritus of piano, University of South Carolina
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Stephen Siek is a pianist and musicologist with an extensive background in the teaching principles of Tobias Matthay. He is professor of music at Wittenberg University.
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In the last couple of years I have had pleasure in reviewing a number of CDs from APR Records. These are explorations of the recorded legacy of pianists from ‘The Matthay School’ featuring Myra Hess, Harriet Cohen and Moura Lympany. Other CDs in this series include Irene Sharrer, Eileen Joyce, Ethel Bartlett and Rae Robertson. As part of those reviews, I explored some of the available literature and was surprised to find a whole stable of pianists that had studied with Matthay – York Bowen, Sir Clifford Curzon, Vivian Langrish and Eunice Norton. My original view that Tobias Matthay’s books were merely ‘verbose psychologising’ probably needed revising.
A few biographical notes about Tobias Matthay may be of interest. He was born on 19 February 1858 to German parents; however he became a naturalised British citizen.Read more ›