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The Piano in Mixed Ensemble: Listening for Resonance not Notes

Ms. Nancy Garniez
From: New York, NY
The Piano in Mixed Ensemble: Listening for Resonance not Notes

In my many years of coaching chamber music I have encountered resistance to the notion that the point of music for piano plus one or more instrument(s) is to create sonorities that go beyond the notation and beyond the capacity of any of the instruments or instrument families alone. 

I solve the problem by using pedal techniques that permit sympathetic vibration to be the principal source of insight - actually "inhearing," to coin a better phrase.  Engaging sound at that level often eases other ensemble tensions. 

I welcome comments, questions, inquiries.