Thursday, April 09, 2009

More Page Turning Links

Joanne Kaufman's Some Page-Turning Tales in the Wall Street Journal is a wonderful look at stories from pianists and their page turners. An anecdote from Joseph Kalichstein:
Several years ago, Mr. Kalichstein hired a young music student who kept reaching across the score to turn pages from the bottom right corner, in the process obscuring several measures of the concerto. "Take it from the top!" the frustrated Mr. Kalichstein finally hissed; reflexively, the page turner flipped the score back to the beginning. "Since then I've been very careful how I phrase things," said Mr. Kalichstein ruefully.

I don't know if the following video is a joke or not, but it celebrates the spiritual gift of the [sniff] page turner:

Here's a scene from Denis Dercourt's 2006 film The Page Turner:

Of course, with one of these, you'll never need another (human) page turner again...

Previously on the Collaborative Piano Blog:

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  1. The following program notes are from an unidentified piano recital.

    Tonight's page turner, Ruth Spelke, studied under Ivan Schmertnick at the Boris Nitsky School of Page Turning in Philadelphia. She has been turning pages here and abroad for many years for some of the world's leading pianists.

    In 1988, Ms. Spelke won the Wilson Page Turning Scholarship, which sent her to Israel to study page turning from left to right. She is winner of the 1984 Rimsky Korsakov Flight of the Bumblebee Prestissimo Medal, having turned 47 pages in an unprecedented 32 seconds. She was also a 1983 silver medalist at the Klutz Musical Page Pickup Competition: contestants retrieve and rearrange a musical score dropped from a Yamaha. Ms. Spelke excelled in "grace, swiftness, and especially poise."

    For techniques, Ms. Spelke performs both the finger-licking and the bent-page corner methods. She works from a standard left bench position, and is the originator of the dipped-elbow page snatch, a style used to avoid obscuring the pianist's view of the music. She is page turner in residence in Fairfield Iowa, where she occupies the coveted Alfred Hitchcock Chair at the Fairfield Page Turning Institute.

    Ms. Spelke is married, and has a nice house on a lake.

    Taken from