Carl Czerny was an extremely talented classical pianist and
composer, born in Vienna in 1791 (the year Wolfgang Amadeus
Mozart died). Whilst Czerny was a revered student of Beethoven,
Salieri, Hummel and Clementi, he is better known as the sole
teacher of Romantic gigantuan Hungarian pianist Franz Liszt.
The School of Velocity written by Carl Czerny in the mid-classical
period, is arguably one of the bench-marks in the modern pianists
practice repertoire. As it's name suggests, the School of Velocity
is designed to develop a student's technique to a point where
the student can play both evenly, fluently, and more notably,
The positive aspect of this book, is that the exercises are
musical with technically rich melodies interwoven, so that the
practice of each piece is less arduous and dull.
The negative aspect of this book is that often the exercises
are as difficult (if not more difficult), to learn than the
pieces they are designed to emulate, causing students to spend
excessive time learning the exercises, rather than engaging
in actual playing and performing.
Tim highly recommends Czerny's School of Velocity as an absolute
must for the more adventurous piano student.