“This book is a treasure trove for lovers of music and opens the door to anyone who is interested in exploring and learning. Each article is a gem of insight, wisdom and clarity, expressed with eloquence and elegance in vivid descriptive language that brings the subject to life.”
—Linda Love, Pianist, teacher, poet.
Dr. Charles Fierro was a multifaceted musician with an extraordinary scope of interests and breadth of knowledge: a fine performer and a recording artist who brought to light many lesser-known works, granting them their second lives; a lecturer who researched off-the-beaten-track topics and shared them with his audiences with true passio
Dr. Charles Fierro was a multifaceted musician with an extraordinary scope of interests and breadth of knowledge: a fine performer and a recording artist who brought to light many lesser-known works, granting them their second lives; a lecturer who researched off-the-beaten-track topics and shared them with his audiences with true passion; an inspirational educator, masterclass clinician, an adjudicator, an author. . .the list goes on.
This book presents Dr. Fierro’s collected essays extracted from his years as a contributing writer
to the Piano Forte newsletter, published by Mary A. Hannon from 1998 to 2018. In his writings, Fierro explores a wide variety of musical subjects, personae, styles, and issues facing musicians in their careers and daily work. This book will be of interest to musicians and music lovers alike.
—Dmitry Rachmanov, Pianist; Steinway Artist;
Chair of Keyboard, California State University, Northridge; President, American Liszt Society, Southern California Chapter; President and founding member, Scriabin Society of America.
“These essays are filled with the humanity and talent characteristic of Charles Fierro. Despite the diverse range the common denominator is the love of music, pedagogy and life. Charles Fierro prizes imagination and insight as keys to creativity. Clearly he has these in abundance.This book is a pleasure to read.”
—Katherine Kiefer, Music lover.
“What a privilege to read this book! I found myself frequently nodding in agreement and marveling at his choice of the most vivid and significant examples followed by just the perfect words. Insightful! Bravo!”
—Nancy Arnold, Piano Teacher, Vocal Coach, Board member Music Teachers’ Association, West Los Angeles Branch.
“A work full of wonder and inspiration, one which can only have been written by a prodigious musician endowed with both a superb intellect and a truly remarkable heart.”
—Antoinette Perry, Concert Artist, Professor of Practice, University of Southern California, Thornton School of Music.
“A delicious peek into the life, mind and musical world of SoCal pianist Charles Fierro through his writings and the eyes of his colleagues and students. I found this generous sharing to be expanding, encouraging, wise and even practical.”
—Elreen Bower, Music lover.
“Concise yet comprehensive, these irreplaceable writings by musical luminary Charles Fierro should be required reading for all pianists and students of music. With
characteristic clarity, Fierro conveys unique insights on topics ranging from major composers (many of whom he knew) to questions of pedagogy and philosophy, all based on his own vast experience. Vivid, context-building reactions by students and colleagues complement Fierro’s sparking prose. Together, the work stands as a reminder of the lives he touched, and a worthy introduction to future generations.”
—Steven Niles, Concert Artist and Professor, Los Angeles City College.
This book is pure Charles, erudite, enlightening, inspiring, warm, elegant, passionate, connecting concepts and ideas from diverse fields as only a razor-sharp mind can…written in a clear, charming, concise and understated manner. I could not put it down. A most welcome must-read for teachers and students alike.”
—Dr. Wojciech Kocyan, Clinical Professor of Music, Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles.