Dr. Yoheved "Veda" Kaplinsky
MEA members filled the Chase Room at the Madison Library to hear Dr. Kaplinsky, chair of The Juilliard School piano department, coach four talented "Young Artists.
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began with a heartwarming tribute to music teachers, emphasizing the importance and significance of their work.
posed this question: "What is the biggest challenge?
recommended isolating each element in the piece.
Where is the melody going?
To produce a rich tone without percussive sound, transfer weight to the finger and slow the descent of the key.
Link the melody tones in a continuous line, and think of dynamic indications as being on a continuum, not at preset levels.
remarked that the notes in the persistent left hand figure are not of equal importance.
Joshua showed a great understanding of the music, but Dr. Kaplinsky
sharpened this with her discussion of the Beethoven sforzando.
main thrust was this: "Rhythmically Entitled is not a good designation.
suggested that Albert think about the mood changes in movie music and relate that to this piece.
"It is a macho piece," said Dr. Kaplinsky
theme was, "Listen, and Play Right," that is, capture the essence of the piece.
Keyboard strategies are required.
From the opening bars, where she
recommended swinging to the right to drive each chord to the top note, to other sections where she
advised balancing the hands by playing the left hand softer, right hand louder, her
focus was on bringing out the right notes.
also suggested experimentation with fingering, like substituting a stronger finger for the fourth to improve articulation.
Robert commented: "This Master Class with Ms. Kaplinsky
was very instructive and full of positive reinforcement.
took complex musical ideas and themes and condensed them into simple metaphors.
was very understanding and straightforward.
I really enjoyed hearing her
feedback and hope to put it to practice.
My Master Class with Ms. Kaplinsky
inspired me to continue my career in music and to reach new heights."