Monthly Archives: April 2012

Twice (or thrice) the fun

It started on a whim just before Christmas. An ensemble recital wasn’t something I had planned this year. It seemed to be a daunting task to get every student involved in ensemble work but the very words I put down … Continue reading

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Blue on blue in blue

Possibly the most serenely beautiful and moving piece of choral music – The Bluebird by Charles V. Stanford. The lake lay blue below the hill, O’er it as I looked, there flew Across the waters, cold and still, A bird … Continue reading

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Codename: Bourne Vivaldi

The PianoGuys always make my day. I get excited when I see they have a new video out. Their latest is a Bourne soundtrack/Vivaldi concerto creation. In their words: “In the early 1700’s Antonio Vivaldi wrote a concerto for an … Continue reading

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It’s All Sacred

It was with some concern that I recently read a review of a manual on how to teach piano to the glory of God. My concern was not with the review; it was thoughtful and well-written. But I question why … Continue reading

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Musings about Chopin: The Nocturnes

Chopin’s Nocturnes are some of the most beautiful piano music written and rightly occupy a fairly prominent place in many recitals. As a group of pieces, they are similar in form (ternary) and mood (melancholy). A clear melody in the … Continue reading

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Out of Africa

I took this on our most recent trip to Kenya, where I’ve probably taken hundreds of photos of this most graceful creature. For me, this is proof enough of an Almighty Creator. This was in Tsavo West National Park, very close … Continue reading

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Studio Policies

April is re-registration time in my studio for 2012-2013 lessons and with that comes the inevitable tweaking of my policy statement. We’ve come a long way in the way we deal with payment in the last couple of decades. I … Continue reading

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Anyone can compose…

  …but that doesn’t mean that just anyone should. Until WWII virtually every pianist was also a composer. It was part of their music education, along with improvising. There are those who feel that it’s a tragic loss that we … Continue reading

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Doin’ what he loves…

Joey DeFrancesco is the greatest jazz organist on the planet, according to his website. And I don’t doubt it – though that seems to be something that someone else should be saying about him. Nevertheless, he is credited with almost … Continue reading

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“Page-turner” redefined

This is for anyone who has been nervous about being asked to turn pages for a pianist. Beethoven was giving a concert at a court in Vienna one night in 1795 or 1796, playing a Mozart concerto. He had asked … Continue reading

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Please be kind

In at least one piano exam room this spring there will be a candidate who, in her fifties and after a hiatus of 30 years, is taking a piano exam for the first time. She has overcome cultural, linguistic, and … Continue reading

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It means “Use the Pedal”

Some of the common terms indicating the use of the right pedal: English: damper pedal, loud pedal, open pedal, sustaining pedal, amplifying pedal French: pédale grande, gardez la pédaleavec pédale, la pédale forte,

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