Piano Lessons with Claudio Arrau provides an insider's view of the art of piano performance as exemplified by one of the great artists of the twentieth century. Chilean pianist Claudio Arrau devoted his life to the piano and its music. As a child prodigy, he gained national recognition from government officials in Chile, including President Pedro Montt, who later funded Arrau's education in Germany. Arrau studied in Berlin with Martin Krause, a pupil of Franz Liszt, and later immigrated to New York City, where he began his teaching career and mentored a sizeable group of pupils while at the same time managing an international performing career. Arrau's profound musical insight, powerful technical approach, and unique style of teaching inspired his pupils and motivated them to teach his principles to the next generation of students.
This in-depth study of Arrau's principles and philosophy of technique and performance draws on published interviews with Arrau, numerous interviews with Arrau's pupils, and the author's experience in studying piano with two of those pupils. References to over one hundred examples from Arrau's DVD recordings enable readers to observe each element of Arrau's famed technique in action and to hear its musical effect. The book features edited and previously unpublished transcriptions of lessons given by Arrau himself on five major works of the piano repertory. Lavishly illustrated with musical examples, these transcriptions offer the reader a virtual lesson with Claudio Arrau.