Fingerings are like shoes. They don’t fit anyone elsemain
From a 70th birthday interview with the wise French pianist Pascal Rogé:
I remember a phrase of my teacher, Lucette Descaves: “Fingerings are like shoes, they don’t fit anyone”. Something I often repeat to my own students, BUT if my teacher was not “directive” on her fingerings, she had a few “principles” that were very helpful: “always follow the shape of your hands… avoid turns… if you have a choice, certain fingers are more expressive… or more powerful… so, choose carefully…” and although she was a pupil of Marguerite Long, she disagreed with Long’s motto: “no thumbs on black keys”, a rule I personally never understood!
Happy birthday, Pascal.
He goes on to say he owes his career to his parents’ cleanign lady: ‘she introduced me to Julius Katchen, he got me my first recording’.