Kirill Gerstein: I take a tablet between two sheetsmain
The international pianist explains, exclusively for Slipped Disc, how he integrates an electronic score-reader into his practice and performance schedule.
I still very much prefer to learn from the printed paper score.
There are actually studies that people learn better from physical media than from the screen and I feel that palpably.
However, as a ‘reminder of the score’ in concert, the iPad is wonderful. Putting it inside the piano (which is possible with the new bigger iPad pro) allows me to take the music desk out of the piano. The music desk is usually quite a big alteration to the sound that the pianist hears whilst playing chamber music. The instrument also sounds better without the music desk.
And the intimate atmosphere of a chamber music group that develops in rehearsals is unchanged without the arrival of an extra person (page turner). Sometimes they are wonderful and sometimes…less than helpful.
So, there – just a little elaboration from me. BUT, I don’t think the printed score should go away and I hope it won’t. I think it is a matter of more options for specific purposes. The new Henle app is a fantastic venture of a traditional publisher and excellent engraving into the digital world.