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RubatoM at aol.com RubatoM at aol.com
Tue Jul 13 14:04:13 EDT 2010


I'd like to offer another subject of conversation.   It would be 
interesting to know what members are playing and what technical issues seem important 
to the pianists in the group.   I am a private musician and rarely play for 
others, so I have few people with whom I can talk about practice.   Right 
now I am working on the fugue section of Beethoven's 31st Sonata.   It is so 
beautiful, but tricky to feel out the theme.   GG does it very well, not 
quite as brilliantly as V. Ashkenazy.   It is quite a challenge to do all the 
tricky things that keep the long crescendo going and keep the theme line 
clear. I prefer to play it at a slower speed that either of these two masters.   

If I had unlimited funds and no other family responsibilties, I'd spend my 
lfe traveling around to hear live performances.   I have been fortunate to 
have heard Glenn Gould, V. Ashkenazy, Arthur Rubinstein, Arnaldo Cohen, 
Claudio Aarrau, and my own teacher, Yehuda Guttman.   Mr. Guttman still gives 
private concerts in his own home in Key West.   If any of you members are ever 
there, be sure to call him to see if a concert is scheduled.   

Best regards,
Anita Thompson-Monroe
RubatoM at aol
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