August, 2015

63 Posts
Aaron Copland: Inspired by Paderewski and Boulanger
In 1915, Aaron Copland (1900-1990) attended a concert featuring the Polish pianist-composer Ignacy Paderewski. Young Copland, as well as countless young hopefuls around the world, was spellbound. He immediately decided to become a composer and enrolled in a number of
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Aaron Copland
An American Original Growing patriotic and nationalistic fervor had virtually inundated all aspects of European society by the middle of the nineteenth century. These political stirrings of national identify and pride not only found their way into all forms of
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Uncommon Men
Aaron Copland and Victor Kraft
Aaron Copland (1900-1990), widely regarded as one of the most respected American classical composers of the twentieth century, conducted his “personal life with the characteristic modesty, tactfulness, and serenity that marked his professional life as well.” Copland was described as
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The Barenboim Grand
In May 2015, Argentinian-born pianist Daniel Barenboim unveiled a new piano bearing his name. From the audience’s perspective, it looked just like any other modern grand piano. However, once you actually open the lid and peer inside, you’ll immediately notice
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Voices of the Curtis Institute I
Founded on 13 October 1924, the Curtis Institute of Music has since become one of the leading classical music conservatories. It educates and trains exceptionally gifted young musicians for careers as performing artists on the highest professional level. And that,
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JABERI, A.: Piano Sonatas Nos. 1-3 / Ballades Nos. 1-3 (The Báb) (Jaberi)
Ballade No. 1, “The Herold” From JABERI, A.: Piano Sonatas Nos. 1-3 / Ballades Nos. 1-3 (The Báb) (Jaberi) (2015) Released by Grand Piano Jaberi: Ballade No. 1, “The Herold”Iranian composer Afshin Jaberi’s powerful music combines 19th-century western piano traditions
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Claude Debussy: Sonata for Cello and Piano in D minor (1915)
Demoralized by the carnage of World War I and fighting his own battle against cancer, Claude Debussy (1862-1918) writes, “Try as I may, I can’t regard the sadness of my existence with caustic detachment. Sometimes my days are dark, dull,
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The Hindenburg’s Aluminum Piano
The Hindenburg featured the first piano ever to be carried on a passenger aircraft.
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