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Document Type Master's Dissertation
Author Ntsepe, John Zacharia Diutlwileng
Email johnntsepe@yahoo.com
URN etd-03262010-190156
Document Title The life and career of South African pianist and teacher Lionel Bowman (1919-2006)
Degree MMus
Department Music
Advisor Name Title
Prof E Fourie Supervisor
  • Lionel Bowman
  • teacher
  • pianist
  • live performances
  • music
Date 2009-04-29
Availability unrestricted

This study proposes a detailed historic account of the life and career of Lionel Bowman as a concert pianist and teacher. The role and relevance of criticism in music have also been included and documented with specific reference to Bowmanís playing. In order to do this, a survey of the available relevant literature such as Bowmanís journal and notebook, published articles, newspaper articles and reviews on the subject were comprehensively examined. Available recorded materials such as compact discs with Bowmanís live performances have been incorporated in the study.

Apart from a detailed biographical account of Bowmanís life and career, as an orientation to the historic account, attention is given to how Bowmanís teaching style initiated and its development into a unique and personal method which resulted in the publication of The Magic Touch: For pianists and teachers. A workable practical guide to piano playing by Wallace Tate (2000). The success of this method supported by commentary from several pianists, who experienced Bowmanís method first hand, has been incorporated in the study.

Light is also shed on Bowmanís human side including the past and present situation of the arts in South Africa in order for artists in general to learn from it and facilitate new growth and vision of the future of the Arts and Cultural field. Bowmanís final legacy and information about his death, including commentaries from people who knew him as a pianist, teacher and friend has also been documented.

The study ends with a concluding chapter summarising the whole study and sheds light on future possible studies on related topics.

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Please cite as follows:

Ntsepe, JZD 2007, The life and career of South African pianist and teacher Lionel Bowman (1919-2006), MMus dissertation, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, viewed yymmdd < http://upetd.up.ac.za/thesis/available/etd-03262010-190156/ >

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