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Puccini's 'I crisantemi' as a
pedagogical tool for piano performance majors,


One might say that the process of transcribing is similar to painting by numbers. We are given the paint, the brush, and the designated areas to fill in. All that we have to do is to stay within the lines. While it would appear that transcribing a string quartet for piano solo simply requires the vertical stacking of four voices as the ultimate goal, I believe that this is only the beginning.

In Style and Idea, Schoenberg cautions:


Copyright © 29 June 2010 Heidi Lowy,
New Jersey, USA



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