Leipzig: F.E.C. Leuckart (Constantin Sander), 1875. Octavo. Half brown leather with marbled boards, spine in compartments with rules and titling gilt, decorative endpapers. [i] (half-title), [i] (publisher's catalog), 1f. (title), [v]-viii (notes on the first and second editions), 133, [i] (blank) pp., 1f. (corrections).
Binding slightly worn, rubbed and bumped. Slightly browned and foxed, heavier to initial leaves.
Wieck was a music teacher, critic, and father of the renowned pianist Clara Schumann. "Wieck devoted special attention to elementary piano teaching. Building on the system of J.B. Logier, he combined technical practice with the teaching of theory. On this basis, he developed a system in which the pupil initially, and for quite a long time, played small pieces without musical notation. During this phase the pupil's touch was trained without impairment to his pleasure in music or his musical spontaneity. Influenced by the English school of Field, among others, Wieck aimed for a singing, expressive tone. He preferred grand pianos made in the Viennese style because of their bright sound and ability to express nuance. His teaching was also based on the close connection between instrumental and vocal training. Wieck's large circle of pupils included his two daughters Clara and Marie, as well as musicians who stayed with him for only a short time, suh as Schumann... Wieck summed up his methods in his book Klavier und Gesang (Leipzig, 1853, enlarged 3/1878; Eng. trans., 2/1875)." Cathleen Köckritz in Grove Music Online. Item #24962
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