Recognized pianist and pedagogue, Brigitte Bouthinon-Dumas shares her experience on how to perfect her piano playing. Twenty years after the first volume ( Memory of Fingerprints, Piano Teaching, IPMC, 1993), which already addressed the issues of instrumental failure and the means of overcoming it, his thinking became even clearer and more precise. It seeks to give everyone the means to find in his gesture a freedom of individual musical expression, to soften and renew his relationship to the instrument.
For this, the author considers successively the corporal, mental and musical elements determining a free and comfortable game. It is also based on the recent knowledge that we have of the functioning of the brain. She ends with examples from the directory for which she gives work keys.
This book is modest in its appearance and dense in its content will delight not only pianists, but also all instrumentalists, amateurs or professionals in training, who will find many ways to push their limits. Some pages have the tone of evidence: it is that the author simply returns to the basics of the attitude of the musician - listening, knowledge of the musical text, attention to fine body sensation and above all, unification of the hands in a global consistent. Yet, his purpose is rare and original in the world of piano.