robert wrote:pianolady wrote:I just watched a few videos of him on You Tube. It is like his entire body, soul, and mind becomes one with the music. He is indeed a great pianist. Have you seen how low he sits at the piano? I wonder how or why he develped that posture. I guess it's a matter of "whatever works". It certainly works for him.
Oh yes indeed have I noticed his low posture. Not something I could recommend to anyone and I have tried it at a very low children's chair I have in my son's room. Feels terrible.
He did carry his own "travel" chair along with him for rectials which looks like it would break anytime. Worn out and ribbs missing. He said in an interview "Without it, I cannot operate".
I think he developed the low posture in an early age where he could not reach up properly and it just got a habit. Only advantage I can think of is that you get very close to your fingers which might add some control. Wonder how he ever was able to read a score on a grand.
I brought this back up, because I’ve been screwing around on the piano this morning and with all the talk about Gould on the Bach thread, I thought I would try playing piano sitting on a low chair. I never before tried it. (My teacher’s is probably going to shake his head if he learns about this. But he should know better then to go off concertizing around the country this week instead of staying home and teaching me. )
The result is that I think I did have better finger control. Could be just my imagination, though. But it is something how when my eyes were closer to the keyboard, and with the Rach prelude I’m working on, I think I was able to bring out the top notes better (something I’m struggling with). But it was awkward coming down on big chords spread far apart – like I’m too close the keys and can’t see both hands out there, so that’s not so great. And Robert, you’re right about reading the music. It’s much higher up. And since I'm short it's always been high up, anyway.
I’ve never heard Gould play Chopin and wonder if there’s a video of that on youtube. I'll check it out after this. If there is, I sure hope he doesn't sing along.