Historic Classes with Arthur Rubinstein


Those who read this blog regularly will know that I enjoy featuring classes given by master teachers. Today’s post highlights a series of historic classes with the legendary Polish born pianist Arthur Rubinstein (1887 – 1982). Considered by many as the greatest interpreter of Chopin, Rubinstein gave these classes in 1978 at the Jerusalem Music Centre, and they traverse a whole selection of repertoire including Beethoven, Schubert, Chopin, Brahms, Debussy, Ravel, and Scriabin. I hope you find them of interest.

“I was born very, very lazy and I don’t always practice very long. But I must say, in my defense, that it is not so good, in a musical way, to overpractice. When you do, the music seems to come out of your pocket. If you play with a feeling of ‘Oh, I know this,’ you play without that little drop of fresh blood that is necessary – and the audience feels it.”
Arthur Rubinstein

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For much more information about how to practice piano repertoire, take a look at my piano course, Play it again: PIANO (published by Schott Music). Covering a huge array of styles and genres, the course features a large collection of progressive, graded piano repertoire from approximately Grade 1 to advanced diploma level, with copious practice tips for every piece. A convenient and beneficial course for students of any age, with or without a teacher, and it can also be used alongside piano examination syllabuses too.

You can find out more about my other piano publications and compositions here.

2 Comments Add yours

  1. ALLAN FULLER says:

    Fantastic. Sadly Rubinstein’s eyesight was failing him, but not his spirit or his tone. This is wonderful. BTW is that non other than Mr Bronfman in the first video on the Chopin Ballade?

    1. Thank you! Yes, I believe it is Yefim Bronfman in the first video….

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