1: An Introduction: What is Collaboration Anyway? 2: Breathing and Singing 3: The Word is the Thing 4: The Pianist as Designer 5: The Pianist as Director 6: Kitchen Tools 7: The Bother of Balance 8: The Steinway Philharmonic 9: More about Orchestral Playing 10: Odds and Ends 11: Is there Life after Singers? 12: In Conclusion: A Pep-Talk
Martin Katz is an Arthur Schnabel Collegiate Professor of Collaborative Piano at the University of Michigan. He has been dubbed "dean of accompanists" by The Los Angeles Times, was the 1998 recipient of Musical America's "Accompanist of the Year" award. He has given recitals at Carnegie Hall, appearances at the Salzburg Festival, tours in Australia and Japan and performances at La Scala, the Paris Opera and the Edinburgh Festival. His work has been recorded on the RCA, CBS, Cetra, BMG, EMI, Phillips and Decca labels. The Metropolitan, Houston and Ottawa operas have performed his editions of Baroque and bel canto operas of Handel, Vivaldi and Rossini. At Michigan, he instructs ensemble pianists, coaches singers, teaches vocal repertory, and conducts opera productions.
"A bible for accompanists/ collaborators!"--Marilyn Horne "This book is exactly like its author: brilliant, witty, passionate, practical, and utterly compelling. Every pianist will want to read it; every singer and instrumentalist who will ever collaborate with a pianist should mine its gems."--Dr. Alan L. Smith, Director of Keyboard Collaborative Arts, University of Southern California, Thornton School of Music "It comes as no surprise that our beloved Martin Katz has found yet another way to give greatness to the world of music, this time through his most wonderful book, guide, missal, The Complete Collaborator. His is a knowledge that comes from the heart, and this latest work reflects beautifully not just his expertise but the passion behind it, the deep and true love of music and music making that has earned him the prestige, affection and respect of all of his fortunate "Collaboratees!"-- Frederica von Stade "As to be expected, Martin Katz has given us a good and timely book, excellently written and useful in many ways. Highly recommended. " --Vladimir Feltsman "The book's usefulness is augmented by a correlated website that offers over 100 recorded examples, including some which are performances of entire songs. Katz deftly demonstrates, with the aid of two singers, the skills that earn him accolades as a collaborative pianist...The knowledge will benefit singers in their performances. For voice pedagogues...the information is invaluable, both in accompanying lessons and preparing studenst to work with pianists...HIghly recommended." --Journal of Singing