The pedagogy of Olga Samaroff: A consideration of her artistic legacy
Van Beck, Peter John
Doctor of Musical Arts
Olga Samaroff was one of the most influential American musicians in the 20th Century. She was important not only as a concert pianist, but as a teacher of some of this century's great performers. As a teacher, she instilled in her students the importance of observing all of the composer's written markings and playing within the stylistic guidelines of the time period in which the composer lived. At the same time, she refrained from imposing specific interpretations on her pupils; individuality was a quality she valued above everything else. Although she taught literally hundreds of pianists who made successful careers in both performing and teaching, three students---William Kapell, Rosalyn Tureck, and Alexis Weissenberg---stood out above the rest. An in-depth analysis of these three pianists' recordings suggests to what extent each of these students adhered to her teaching principles. Many of their mannerisms reflect trends in 20th Century pianism and in contemporary musicianship as a whole.
Biographies; Music; Music education