Types of piano gestures.

Types of piano gestures.

Analysing the different gestures when performing: Internal & External.


What is a gesture? Oxford living dictionary defines it as a movement of part of the body, especially a hand or the head, to express an idea or meaning.

But, how should we interpret those gestures when playing the piano or performing? That’s what our last article talks about. It is not hard to see the relation between performing piano and gestures, as per what the Oxford dictionary stated about the meaning of a gesture. The piano makes music, and music is able to produce gestures. Now well, how many types of gestures you could identify in any performing?

As per the article aforementioned, which explains longer and deeper about this issue, there are two types of gestures:

  • Internal Gesture: specific musical signatures or trademarks related to a specific composer or style of music. What makes a piece directly related to a composer. For example, Haydn sonatas have a very powerful signature, camera music to be played on the harpsichord. So even now be playing the sonatas in a grand piano you can still feel the sound of the notes which demonstrates the idea of low notes music.
  • External Gesture:  the emotional focal centre of one’s brain. Whatever your physical response may be, consider how that may be applied to your performance without causing detriment to your instruments appropriate technique.

Added to that, there might be a third kind of gesture which is: Temperament, what the author names when the performer gets on stage its own identity, its own signature to the performance.

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