On November 18th, 2012 at 3 o’clock in the afternoon, Judy Pang had her doctorate recital in the Staller Center Recital Hall. The program consisted of four pieces: Claude Debussy’s Images 2ème Sèrie, Ludwig Van Beethoven’s Piano Trio in D Major, Op. 70, No. 1 “Ghost” which featured Elizabeth York and Rebecca Proietto, Claude Debussy’s Sonate pour violoncelle et piano which featured Richard Vaudrey and Ludwig Van Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No. 31, Op. 110. Throughout the recital I mostly focused on Judy’s techniques. I was able to see that her techniques are far more intricate than the techniques we learn in class, since we learn the basics and she is a professional, more experienced and talented to say the least.
The first technique I observed from Judy Pang was the use of her wrists and hands; her hands were very well rounded which created a smooth musical effect from note to note. As for her wrists, whenever a phrase in the piece was concluded, Judy would almost snap back her wrists and hands in a “floating” motion. These are two things that I have been learning to use as I feel they are essential to playing the piano.
Another technique I noticed that is different from mine was her pedaling. In class we touched upon pedaling for some specific pieces, mildly. During this concert I was able to see how Judy used pedaling in a more concrete and practical way. There are definitely ways to pedal that differ from what we have learned in class – it seemed that pedaling is very important to playing piano as it was used in almost all throughout the pieces. I saw from each performer that it is key to sit up straight while playing. Also, Judy utilized her arms and body weight in a way that phrases the music. It kind of looks like her arms are going in a circular motion.
All four pieces played in the recital were so beautiful to listen to. It was as if each piece complimented the other in such a way that the program was meant to be.
My favorite piece of the four was Beethoven’s Piano Trio in D Major, Op. 70, No. 1 “Ghost”. I loved the connection that each player had with one another, and the way the sound of each instrument blended with the other. I definitely have gained from this concert as I had the ability to observe the talent and complex techniques of not only Judy but also of the other instrumentalists!
(Source: Brettany Tu, Keyboard B, Professor Yiding Niu, 2011)