Category Archives: George Gershwin

Interpreting piano music: Should we truly realize the composer’s intent?

Matters of interpretation came up at the “Y” Gym yesterday when I bumped into the pianist from a North Berkeley house of worship. Aline is a fine musician who intersperses the service with great masterworks. Recently she played Grieg’s “Wedding … Continue reading

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Irina Morozova plays Gershwin!

Here’s a photo-imported version of “I Got Rhythm!” (Click HD) On the artist’s CD menu are the following treats: 1. Gershwin Improvisations for Solo Piano: Clap Yo’ Hands 2. Someone to Watch Over Me 3. Sweet and Lowdown 4. Maybe … Continue reading

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Pianos, Old Age, and Cosmetic Imperfection

I wish I could order an instant make-over for gorgeous-sounding pianos that suffer rejection because of imperfect exteriors. By example, one of my students who’d grown attached to her respectable-looking, 70′s era, walnut console piano, was devastated when her family … Continue reading

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Piano Instruction: Gershwin Prelude no. 2 in C# minor (Videos)

About Prelude #2: Published in 1927, the work was first performed by George Gershwin in a concert at the Hotel Roosevelt in New York City. A challenge to play, it doesn’t fit easily under the fingers because of large note … Continue reading

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George Gershwin’s Prelude no. 2, and the retirement home circuit (Videos)

When I did my retirement home tours, feisty tunes were more well-received than the melancholy Prelude no. 2 in C# minor. Everybody knew Gershwin’s “I Got Rhythm,” and “Rhapsody in Blue,” plus a truckload of Hoagy Carmichael favorites. So, looking … Continue reading

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Exceptionally beautiful playing on You Tube (Piano)

I stumbled upon Yeol Eum Son performing Gershwin’s “Embraceable You,” and I had to keep replaying it. Her phrasing, fluidity, nuances, palette of colors, and wide dynamic range all added up to a divinely inspired reading. On a physical level, … Continue reading

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