Monthly Archives: February 2013

Piano Instruction: Can we over-analyze a Bach fugue?

Little Bach Fugue in C, BWV 952 required insights into its organized structure so I could better teach it. But how much analysis was required and could it be trusted? Continue reading

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Piano Technique: Are arpeggios “boring?” I don’t think so!

Arpeggios don’t deserve a bad rap! Continue reading

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Piano Lesson: What I learned from an adult student about Bach Invention 4 in D minor (VIDEOS)

Today was an ear-opener, though I admit to having had a set of preconceived ideas about this Bach composition. (in two-part counterpoint) Just from having studied it myself, parceling out each separate voice in a step-wise, layered approach, I could … Continue reading

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Rekindling memories of Van Cliburn, the Cold War, Kirill Kondrashin, etc

A friend sent me a link to her favorite performance of Tschaikovsky’s Bb minor, WARHORSE concerto– the one with the big splash CHORD opener. Pianists dream of conquering these sonorities without a falter, but not necessarily in their lifetime. For … Continue reading

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A Church where high-level music-making and PIANOS are in abundance

A musical and spiritual paradise found! Continue reading

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A pianist is a COLLABORATOR NOT an “accompanist”

The “A” word is officially banished from my vocabulary, even if its residual usage in books, newspapers, old reviews, can’t be controlled. To boot, anyone who’s been handed a stack of music by the High School vocal teacher to ready … Continue reading

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Revisiting an old piano piece learned years earlier

I find my current musical journey down memory lane to be joyful and challenging–especially as I cut and paste the Mozart Rondo: Allegro, K. 311 pages to fit comfortably on the piano rack. (Deja Vu, Haydn C Major Hoboken XVI35–Haydn … Continue reading

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What’s Happened to Music in Churches, Temples and other religious sanctuaries with the latest update from Berkeley CA

http://arioso7.wordpress.com/2011/11/20/whats-happened-to-music-in-churches-temples-and-other-religious-sanctuaries/ update 2013

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Heart Attacks and Haydn!

I couldn’t help but chuckle at a stream of advertising overlapping my Haydn D Major, Hoboken XVI 37 Sonata: “FOUR SIGNS OF A HEART ATTACK” The Google ad, as it ran, uncannily tracked KILLER passages in this composition that would … Continue reading

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The viola will soar to artistic heights in collaboration with pianist, Irina Morozova

Anna Serova, incomparable violist, will collaborate with Irina Morozova, pianist in concert, Feb. 8. Don’t miss it! Continue reading

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