Old Soul exhibits Phase B piano playing. The shape and rhythm of the inner voices, as well as the jump to a tertiary-related major key early in the first phrase had all been thought out in advance., but the music took form in the moment of playing.

Old Soul exhibits two general weaknesses in my extempore playing. The first weakness could be described as the inability of my hands to directly realize what the inner ear desires. This can be heard at [1:00] as well as from [1:161:17]. Another weakness, the tendency to “noodle,” can be heard from [1:101:17]. This may be in fact what Schumann means when he uses the word klimpern. This passage conveys the feeling that there is no real conception as to how the music should unfold and the hands are going through practiced motions without guidance from any particular cognitive activity.

OLD SOUL                    audiounsatisfactory       exhibits Phase B activity

recording made on June 7th, 2016:

Klimpere nie!

Never jingle!


(from Schumann's Musikalische Haus- und Lebensregeln - translated by Henry Hugo Pierson as Advice to Young Musicians  published in Schumann's Neue Zeitschrift für Musik, Bd. XXXII, Nr. 36 on May 3rd, 1850)