Henle's "At the Piano"

Sample of Chopin's Prelude in E MajorIs that color in a Henle edition?! Yes, and finally there is an English version of “At the Piano” series. Here you will find all the classic names in the piano world: Bach, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Mendelssohn, Schumann, Chopin, Liszt, Brahms, Grieg and Debussy.

“At the Piano” does, however, differ from the usual “Best of” albums because of a special concept that Henle developed together with the pianist and veteran pedagogue, Prof. Sylvia Hewig-Tröscher. The individual pieces in each volume are ordered from easiest possible for the beginner, through those of “medium difficulty”, to the somewhat more demanding pieces at the end (level 6 or 6/7 according to the Henle scale).

In addition, the pieces are selected to provide specific technical challenges for preparing the pianist for subsequent pieces, so that playing through the volume is not just a matter of starting at the front and finishing at the back, but of “making progress” at the same time.

The brief pedagogical introductions for each piece serve as an important support in this learning process. Not hidden in an appendix or in footnotes, but convenient for reading directly ahead of each piece, they emphasize its technical and interpretative features, helping the player over the largest hurdles.