193 • Triathlon

One has to in effect develop three kinds of piano technique: a Classical (simple clusters, Art song, orchestral transparency), a Romantic (complex clusters, Bel Canto singing, orchestral might), and a Modern (fists, elbows, paper clips). One builds on the other. When the techniques were established and developed, they seemed to replace the previous ones, but only for the ignorant observer: They augmented each other. Today we need to acquire all techniques in order to be able to play repertoire ranging from Couperin to Cage. By the time we accomplish this, we will have cultivated our own technical and stylistic competencies and preferences.

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