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Intensely interior music

My own experience of the Bach’s Goldberg Variations is Glenn Gould’s 1981 recording. My interpretation is Gould’s. Such is the power of the first hearing of a piece of music. I’m not alone in this. Nor am I alone in … Continue reading

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Watercolors for Ten Fingers

A few weeks I ago I posted excerpts from an article by Martin Kutnowski on an ethical and practical choice that we as teachers face. Martin kindly sent me a copy of one of his collections of compositions as a … Continue reading

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Strangely beautiful heartache

“There are … moments in many pieces we love — a fleeting passage, a short series of chords, some unexpected shift in a melodic line — when something occurs that just grabs us. I’m not talking about the obvious ones, … Continue reading

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The Studio Wall

Time to celebrate 2 more winners in the 50 Piece Challenge! Two wonderful students received a book of fun, fun music and got their pictures added to the wall. The one student was just bothered that he hadn’t been the … Continue reading

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Piano Books as Gifts

I’ve blogged about Rebekah Maxner’s Titanic books before. Briefly, she has two collections of arrangements of pieces that were played on the Titanic, or written in the style of pieces from that period (not the soundtrack from the movie). They … Continue reading

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To blog or not to blog

In many ways, the work of a critic is easy. We risk very little yet enjoy a position over those who offer up their work and their selves to our judgment. We thrive on negative criticism, which is fun to … Continue reading

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Industrial Revolutions Per Minute

Catchy title – catchy piece – this is a Piano Trio for One Piano, Six Hands by Red Leaf composer Janet Gieck. I heard it performed at the CFMTA Convention and promptly made my way to the trade show to … Continue reading

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TITANIC – A Voyage in Piano Music

We are fascinated with the story of the RMS Titanic – its voyage and its fate. Rebekah Maxner has written and arranged music for Beginner-Elementary students that recount the tale of the Titanic. This is “original music that captures the … Continue reading

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Lucky Charms: Music to Charm and Train the Ear

Ear Charming, Not Ear Training Roberta Stephen For singers and pianists to learn new ways to identify intervals. For instance, what color is a perfect 5th? Or is a minor third salty or sweet? There will be demonstrations, handouts, audience … Continue reading

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Modal Miniatures

One of the books featured in Mayfair’s Modal Moods Workshop is a collection of 15 Intermediate/Early Advanced pieces called Modal Miniatures by Eddie Harris. Music in the Medieval and Renaissance times was written in the different modes and quite a few … Continue reading

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Modal Moods

A couple of weeks ago I posted news of workshop DVD/music packages that teachers can order from Mayfair Publishers. Two of the books featured in the Modal Moods package are Modal Moods by Joyce Pinckney and À la Mode by … Continue reading

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Peace Country by Christine Donkin

The Peace Country is the area in northwest Alberta and northeast British Columbia through which the Peace River flows. It is where Christine Donkin grew up, although she currently lives in Ottawa. In her words, “the music in this collection … Continue reading

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