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date: 29 January 2020

Matthay, Tobias ( Augustus )locked

  • Frank Dawes


( Augustus )

(b London, Feb 19, 1858; d High Marley, nr Haslemere, Dec 15, 1945). English teacher, writer, pianist and composer . His parents were German; his father became a naturalized British subject. Matthay won the Sterndale Bennett Scholarship and entered the RAM in 1871 where his teachers were Bennett himself, Prout, Sullivan and Macfarren. He was appointed sub-professor there in 1876 and was a full professor from 1880 to 1925. His first London recital was at the Princes Hall on 28 November 1884. In 1900 he founded his own school as a means of propagating his theories of piano technique and his method of teaching based on them. Those theories were expounded in The Act of Touch, a pioneering work in which he attempted a full-scale analysis of the physical aspects of piano playing, categorizing the various vertical movements into touch-species and laying great stress on muscular relaxation and forearm rotation....

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