May 28, 2012
Time for some musical humor to clear the air after all the end of year hoopla. Enjoy!
A# and Bb (check out all the comments here too:)
A quarter note walks into a bar
Dana Carvey piano clip
You broke a wire
Chopin Liszt . . . → Read More: PA Shorts: A Quarter Note Walks Into A Bar
May 26, 2012
In this SuiteLinks: Still teaching at 100, Burning grand pianos, From piano student to Tony nominee, Denk’s favorite mistake, Frenemies, How many pianists does it take to play a concerto?, Fazil Say accused of insulting Islam, and more!
Denk’s favorite mistake
Ray Bradbury on rejection
Fazil Say accused of insulting Islam
Teaching piano at 100
. . . → Read More: SuiteLinks: May 26
May 22, 2012
“You’re a romantic!” said my teacher in a surprised voice, as though this explained everything he found perplexing about me. I had never been accused of being anything but a pianist—romantic or no. I can’t remember what I was playing and it wasn’t necessarily meant as a compliment, though for some reason I felt a . . . → Read More: Vintage Post: A Romantic Accusation
May 20, 2012
In this SuiteLinks: Steinway artists behind the artists, Cleveland’s Piano Slam, Ax teams up with David Hyde Pierce, Russian teen wins Dublin International, Banana pianos??!!, Deaf pianist to play at Piccolo Spoleto, Interesting take on “Classical”, Growing up as a pianist in India, and more!
Van Cliburn’s childhood piano for sale
Steinway artists behind the . . . → Read More: SuiteLinks: May 20
May 15, 2012
Inspired by Steven Nachmanovich’s book, Freeplay, my friend and mentor, Dr. Lisa Zdechlik talks a lot about galumphing as we learn. (you know- the playing part of playing piano) We galumph when we take a tricky passage and practice it in rhythms, or improvise on it, or create an exercise from it and transpose it . . . → Read More: Galumphing With Mr. Hanon
May 11, 2012
In this SuiteLinks: Busoni monster concerto with audio, Widmann’s new Circus Dances, Lang Lang adds new repertoire, Van Cliburn collection auctioned by Christies, Author of The Pianist taken to court over Gestapo allegations, A celebration of Cecil Taylor, Gould’s piano gets a new home, and more!
Busoni’s monster concerto
Listen to Busoni
Piano teacher’s guide . . . → Read More: SuiteLinks: May 11
May 8, 2012
Well, it’s that crazy time of year again and you know what that means. Summer is almost upon us! Is reading in your plans? If so, here are some juicy pianistic treats to dive into. Do you have more books to share? Please, please do!
Midnight Arpeggios: An Illustrated Philosophy of Practicing and Music, M.J. . . . → Read More: Summer Reads
May 6, 2012
In this SuiteLinks: Fine-tuning at Jazz Fest, Becoming a stage mother, de la Cerna goes classical, Gabriel Kahane as cuisinart, Lindberg’s 2nd concerto, Why man creates, Angela Hewitt talks about going on the road, and more!
Angela Hewitt packs her bags
Lindberg’s Concerto No. 2
Fine tuning at jazz fest
Rachmaninoff”s Etudes Tableaux
Behzod Abduraimov . . . → Read More: SuiteLinks: May 6