Clavier Companion - May/June 2015 - 6
Musical News & Notes
The pianist's bible
begins: "In the
beginning, there was
This quote, often
attributed to Hans van
Bülow, has been heard
in countless piano lessons. In this TEDIndia
"talk," not a word is uttered (there are
some rhythmic vocalizations). Instead, the
percussionist Sivamani takes the audience
through a sixteen-minute rhythmic
performance using a staggering variety of
Eastern and Western instruments. Sit back
and immerse yourself in the sounds and
grooves he creates with drums, spoons,
luggage, a tub of water, and much more.
Spanning a broad range of styles and
colors, Sivamani's performance reminds us
of the depth, complexity, and beauty of this
fundamental musical element.
Frank Glazer, a prominent American pianist and teacher,
passed away on January 13th at the age of ninety-nine.
Glazer studied piano with Artur Schnabel and also had
composition lessons with Arnold Schoenberg.
Glazer was an active performer throughout his life,
including performances at Carnegie Hall, Town Hall, and
with major symphonies across the globe. Glazer continued
to concertize throughout his nineties and had planned to
give six concerts across four states to celebrate his 100th
birthday in February. At the age of ninety-five he was
featured on the cover of Clavier Companion (July/August
Glazer was artist-in-residence at Bates College, in
Lewiston, Maine, for the last thirty-five years, and he also
held teaching appointments at The Eastman School of
Music, Indiana University, and Bennett College.
Dr. Guy Duckworth
Dr. Guy Duckworth, a pioneer in piano pedagogy and
group teaching, died January 27, 2015, in Chula Vista, CA,
at the age of 91. At the University of Colorado, Professor
Duckworth created and directed the unique M.M. and D.M.A.
graduate programs in Piano Performance, Literature, and
Pedagogy: Process of Group Environments, for which he
received a Teaching Excellence Award from the University
of Colorado Academic Faculty Council in 1981.
A nationally and internationally known pianist and
educator, Dr. Duckworth was a widely published author
of academic texts and essays in professional journals, and
was a creator of numerous classroom video programs,
most notably The Person First and Together, which
documents his graduate programs at the University of
Duckworth received training from
Vanderbilt University in Nashville,
Tennessee; Music Academy of the
West in Santa Barbara, California;
the University of California in Los
Angeles; The Juilliard School of Music;
and Columbia University. He also held
faculty positions at the University
of Minnesota and Northwestern
University. He received many honors
including Pioneer in Piano Studies
from the National Conference on
University Fellow, and the 2004 MTNA
Distinguished Achievement Award.