New translation of Boris Berman’s Notes from the Pianist’s Bench

Boris Berman’s book Notes from the Pianist’s Bench has been released by Shanghai Press in a new translation. Professor Beiwha Tang of the Shanghai Conservatory has translated the book into Chinese (simplified characters).

The book, originally published in 2001 by Yale University Press, had previously been translated into Korean, Japanese, Spanish, and Chinese (traditional characters).

Notes from the Pianist’s Bench, selected as an Outstanding Academic Title by Choice, draws on Berman’s experience as a concert pianist and educator to explore issues of piano technique and music interpretation.

Combining explanations and advice with anecdotes about his students, colleagues, and former teachers, Berman also offers insights into the psychological aspects of musical performance and pedagogy.

A member of Yale School of Music faculty since 1984, Berman is the author of Prokofiev’s Piano Sonatas, published by Yale University Press in 2008. In 2011, he published a bilingual (English-Chinese) edition of the composer’s complete piano sonatas (Shanghai Press).

Published July 2, 2012
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Spanish edition of Boris Berman’s book released, translated by Hector Sanchez ’04DMA

The Spanish translation of Professor Boris Berman’s book Notes from the Pianist’s Bench has been released. Hector Sanchez ’04DMA, a pianist who studied with Berman at the Yale School of Music, is the translator. The book has already been published in Chinese (traditional characters), Korean, and Japanese.

Notes from the Pianist’s Bench, selected by Choice as an Outstanding Academic Title upon its publication in 2001, draws on Berman’s vast experience as a Russian-trained concert pianist and highly respected educator to explore issues of piano technique and music interpretation. Combining explanations and advice with anecdotes about his students, colleagues, and former teachers, Berman also provides many insights into the psychological aspects of musical performance and the teaching of music.

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Published March 31, 2010
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Japanese translation of Boris Berman’s book released

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The Japanese translation of Professor Boris Berman’s book Notes from the Pianist’s Bench has been released by Ongaku no Tomo in Tokyo. The book has already been published in Chinese (traditional characters) and Korean.

Notes from the Pianist’s Bench, selected by Choice as an Outstanding Academic Title upon its publication in 2001, draws on Berman’s vast experience as a Russian-trained concert pianist and highly respected educator to explore issues of piano technique and music interpretation. Combining explanations and advice with anecdotes about his students, colleagues, and former teachers, Berman also provides many insights into the psychological aspects of musical performance and the teaching of music.

The book examines such practical matters in piano playing as sound and touch, technique, pedaling, and articulation. He gives tips on choosing editions, selecting the best fingering, memorizing, and making the most efficient use of practice time. He gives equal emphasis to issues of interpretation, discussing ways to decipher the inner content of a piece of music. And he offers suggestions about how to prepare emotionally for a performance, how to confront stage anxiety, and how to adapt teaching approaches to the individual students. Informative and entertaining, this book will be welcomed by piano students, teachers, and anyone else interested in the art of piano playing. MORE

Published November 20, 2009
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