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PIANIST NAMED ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE AT INSTITUTE

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Robert Taub could hardly hope to play the piano for more rarefied audiences than the ones who will hear him in Princeton, N.J., in the next few years.

Taub has been named the first artist-in-residence at the 70-year-old Institute for Advanced Study, a research center where scholars do research in the sciences, social sciences and humanities."His appointment will be a combination of scholarship and performance, and an interesting exper-i-ment," said Phillip A. Griffiths, director of the institute. "We haven't done anything like this since T.S. Eliot was here in 1958. While he was here, he wrote `The Cocktail Party.' "

Taub said he would perform "the Mount Everest for musicians" - Beethoven's 32 piano sonatas - and would write a book during his three-year sojourn at the institute. "The working title is `The Art of Pedaling,' " he said. Among the points he intends to make is that "the right foot can have far more influence on music than the left."

Lest anyone think that an arcane topic, Taub said, "Pedaling is called the soul of piano playing - no pun intended."