Monthly Archives: December 2013

My first day learning a new piece and what was accomplished (Video)

In keeping with my resolution to learn new music quickly but thoroughly, I’ve set out today’s first experience with Tchaikovsky’s colorful, “Winter Morning” (Op. 39, No. 2, Children’s Album) to give students of piano, ideas surrounding their first encounter with … Continue reading

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Favorite Tchaikovsky piano pieces and their pedagogical value

I made a promise to myself well before the New Year, that I would learn one new Tchaikovsky composition each day from the composer’s Op. 39 Children’s Album. (24 tableaux) Not that I’m recommending to piano students that they assimilate … Continue reading

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The Little Knightingale

Originally posted on Arioso7's Blog (Shirley Kirsten):
It sang like a nightingale the morning I stroked its keys, yet it has always been a relative unknown in the world of big name pianos such as Steinway, Baldwin, and Yamaha.…

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Rami Bar-Niv’s Adult Music Camp is for pianists of all levels

Concert pianist, Rami Bar-Niv has a large serving of musical talent that spills into an assortment of activities. He’s a well-spring of creativity: performing, teaching, composing and publishing (a book on fingering, no less) while his sheet music is circulated … Continue reading

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Tchaikovsky and his solemn chorale

Last night I discovered one of the most gorgeous hymns composed in the Romantic genre. It is Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s “In the Church,” Op. 39, a perfect segue way to Christmas. My diverse journey through the composer’s Children’s Album has … Continue reading

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If it sounds like a lark, it must be one (Tchaikovsky’s “Song of the Lark”)

After I recorded Tchaikovsky’s precious tableau from his Op. 39 Children’s Album, I discovered a true-to-life rendering by Russian pianist, Igor Galenkov, who delicately imported a bird to embellish his performance. *** Instruction: The rolling forward wrist motion in Lark … Continue reading

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Celebrating Beethoven’s Birthday!

Albeit a day later, the composer’s music is worth our adulation. Since words cannot amply express the beauty of Beethoven’s outpourings, I’ve selected a favorite movement that speaks volumes about his genius:

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