Some aspects of the mechanics of piano playing

Stanier, DI 1973, Some aspects of the mechanics of piano playing , PhD thesis, University of Salford, UK.

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Tue chief purpose of this thesis is to make a thorough examination of the leading works written on the technique of piano playing. The theories expounded in these works tend to be based on rather unscientific methods of analysis. The first object of the thesis is therefore to attempt to put the whole subject on a more scientific basis. In doing so, use is made of computer simulation methods, possibly for the first time in this field. In discussing the action of the piano, the old controversy over tone-quality is raised. New techniques for playing the piano are proposed. A scheme for more efficient learning, using electronic instrumentation, is proposed. Comments are made on the desirability or undesirability of introducing changes to the basic action of the piano. Part of the thesis (the section on arm movements) has been deliberately kept free of references to piano playing, so that it may be of general biomechanical interest.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Themes: Subjects / Themes > M Music and Books on Music > M Music
Subjects / Themes > Q Science > QP Physiology
Subjects outside of the University Themes
Schools: Schools > School of Arts & Media
Depositing User: Institutional Repository
Date Deposited: 01 Jul 2009 14:37
Last Modified: 27 Aug 2021 22:09

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