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Thomas L. Fritz
University of Nebraska, Lincoln (Lincoln, NE 68588-0007)

Approaches to Piano Plying from Hummel to Liszt

To explore the documentary evidence which pertains to several crucial developments in piano playing which occurred approximately between the performance careers of Hummel, Czerny, and Moscheles and those of Chopin, Liszt, and Thalberg. The first is a change from a technique based mainly on fingers and hand usage to one using arm and torso. The second is the adoption of a new role for legato in piano playing. The third is the amount and kind if license from the printed score these pianists allowed themselves.

Project fields:
Music History and Criticism

Fellowships for College Teachers and Independent Scholars

Research Programs

Total amounts:
$15,000 (approved)
$15,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/1977 – 5/31/1978