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Joplin: The Easy Winners

Joplin: The Easy Winners
Preparation and Presentation Context: pieces that are helpful to have experienced or played before approaching this one Elite Syncopations, Scott JoplinHot Potato Rag, Martha Mier"Sweet Mister Jelly Roll" from Portraits in Jazz, Valerie CapersAny piece that uses A-flat-major chords/scales Get Ready: creative activities to explore before the first e...
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Burleigh: From the Southland

Burleigh: From the Southland
Preparation and Presentation Context: pieces that are helpful to have experienced or played before approaching this one Edward MacDowell: To a Wild Rose, Op. 51, No. 1Scott Joplin: The Entertainer or the Maple Leaf RagClaude Debussy: The Little ShepherdFrédéric Chopin: Prelude in E Minor, Op. 28, No.4 Get Ready: creative activities to explore ...
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From the Artist Bench with Jerry Wong (12/10/2021)

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Jerry Wong is a pianist, composer, and arranger. He has won many awards for his performances and compositions. His music has been ... Read More
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From the Artist Bench with Cicilia Yudha (11/05/2021)

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From the Artist Bench with Cicilia Yudha: GAME-Land (11/05/2021)

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International Perspectives: Music from Latin America (10/13/2021)

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I can tell you that I was delighted to see Alejandro and the Brazilian lady going after each other on who is better on soccer!! An... Read More
Sunday, 14 November 2021 15:09
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Hidden Gems: Four Centuries of Keyboard Music by Women Composers (11/03/2021)

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Autumn 2021: Reclaiming an Alternative History: New Piano Music of Florence Price

The unconscionable neglect of one of America's greatest composers is finally encountering a slow-burn renaissance which one hopes, for all those pianists and piano teachers with progress in their sights, will become an incandescence of music-making. While those interested in the keyboard music of this composer, described by...
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Dr. Armstrong's article on new piano music of Florence Price was most impressive. His comments about the pieces were informative a... Read More
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Winter 2021: Northern Canvases: Canadian Piano Music from the Twentieth & Twenty-First Centuries

When I first came to Canada, I remember an enthusiastic introduction to a group of painters known as the "Group of Seven." For many Americans, this group and names like Lawren Harris, Tom Thompson, and Emily Carr may be nothing more than an obscure footnote encountered in an art history text, but for Canadians, these artists are important and ...
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Subverting the Pianistic Psyche: Learning Approaches to Webern’s Concerto for Nine Instruments, Op. 24

A well-trained pianist is a musician fundamentally chained to notational accuracy—one of the prime pianistic obsessions. In traditional pianistic modes of learning, embracing tonally centered repertoire, accuracy of notational acquisition has absolute primacy. Pianists at all levels of accomplishment are guided by an inherent, perhaps inherite...
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Spring 2019: Book Review

 The Contemporary Piano: A Performer and Composer's Guide to Techniques and Resources, by Alan Shockley.  The introduction to Alan Shockley's The Contemporary Piano: A Performer and Com- poser's Guide to Techniques and Resources indicates that the "book is designed as a resource for composers writing for the piano and for pianists in...
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Learning John Cage's Sonatas and Interludes

I couldn't use percussion instruments for Syvilla's dance, though, suggesting Africa, they would have been suitable; they would have left too little room [on the stage] for her to perform. I was obliged to write a piano piece. I spent a day or so conscientiously trying to find an African 12-tone row. I had no luck. I decided that what was wrong was...
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New music: A journey to a “slightly different place”

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It wasn't so long ago that many musicians feared the piano was losing its way in serious music. The repertoire had not grown significantly in the 1950s and 1960s, and technology was increasingly favored by composers on the cutting edge.  But commissions for new works arrived in force prior to the U.S. Bicentennial in 1976, and major piano piec...
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Opposing perspectives

Respected as a celebrated concert artist throughout his lifetime, Sergei Rachmaninoff 's compositions were not as universally appreciated until more recent years, and were in fact sharply criticized at times. In this issue, Robert Palmieri provides an illuminating retrospective as he observes Rachmaninoff 's passionate public struggle aga...
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