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Musicians and Inspiration
Inspiration NOUN 1. the process of being mentally stimulated to do or feel something, especially to do something creative. Robert Schumann: Piano Quintet in E-Flat Major, Op. 44 – IV. Allegro, ma non troppo (Fine Arts Quartet; Xiayin Wang, piano)
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Most Beautiful and Soothing Cello Music to Start the Year
Recently, I listened to the soothing and beautiful classical music pieces my father used to play. I immediately teared up! Some exquisite works seem to have gone out of fashion. I’d love to introduce you to several cello pieces that
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Roll Over Beethoven
Dragging Beethoven Into the 21st Century
2020 was to be the main stage for Ludwig van Beethoven. Just about everybody was ready to celebrate the 250th year of his birth with concerts, installations and special exhibitions. And then we got Covid-19, and Beethoven wasn’t the main
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Legendary Beethoven Performances
Piano Concertos
For Beethoven the pianist, the piano sonata and the piano concerto were his star vehicle of choice. In the piano sonatas, his tremendous virtuosity came to the fore. Remember that when he came to Vienna, he was there as the
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Good riddance 2020, Hello 2021
The Many Versions of “Auld Lang Syne”
To say that 2020 was a difficult and complicated year is a massive understatement. Since Covid has taken away so many of our freedoms and our plans, it’s been downright depressing at times. I was really looking forward to visit
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Books for Pianists and Pianophiles
There is a wealth of books for pianists and pianophiles, from detailed analyses of repertoire to books on technique and practising, pianists’ memoirs and novels featuring pianists. Here is a brief selection of books to satisfy the pianist and pianophile,
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Beethoven in the Background
We’ve looked at Monumental Beethoven where Beethoven is a presence that overwhelms everything – he’s depicted in statuary all over the world. There’s another type of artwork, however, where Beethoven appears, but not front and center. He’s used as a
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Winter Wonderland
The Best Versions of “Silent Night”
The best thing about Christmas, besides getting nice presents and spending quality time with family, is to sing Christmas carols. And one of the most popular carols worldwide is “Silent Night,” a song written in a small village near Salzburg
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