Villani-Côrtes: Série Brasileira Op. 8, Preludio

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History: Background information about the composer's life, accomplishments, and any significant historical background about the piece.  Villani-Côrtes received a PhD in Music from São Paulo University. He was named Best Composer of the year by São Paulo Art Critics Association in 1990, 1995 and 1998 for Cecília Meireles Cycle, Postais Pau...
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Padilha: Três Vidraças Coloridas: 1. “Um sonho”, 2. “Um olhar”, 3. “Um Sorriso”

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History: Background information about the composer's life, accomplishments, and any significant historical background about the piece. Marco Padilha was born on November 21, 1955, in Campinas, São Paulo, Brazil. In Campinas, he began the study of music theory, piano and composition with pianistand composer Orlando Fagnani. He receive...
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Siqueira: Duas Canções Nordestinas, Song No. 1

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History: Background information about the composer's life, accomplishments, and any significant historical background about the piece. José Siqueira was born in Conceição, a small town in Paraíba State. He later moved to Rio de Janeiro as a military musician. After graduating from the National School of Music, he composed outstanding nationali...
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Questions and Answers: How to Balance Repertoire

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Questions and Answers: How to Access Diverse Repertoire

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Spring 2021: Rocherolle’s New Orleans Sketches: Teaching Tips for “Masquerade!”

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Eugénie Rocherolle has written numerous compositions inspired by the music and culture of her hometown of New Orleans. Many of these appealing pieces offer students opportunities to learn about styles of music that permeate the parades and festivals in the city while developing important technical and musical skills. Her suite, New Orleans Sketches...
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Inside the Studio with Marvin Blickenstaff

Easton is a nine-year-old student of Kairy Koshoeva. In this video, he is taking an online lesson with Marvin Blickenstaff.Music Featured: Siciliano Op. 68 no. 11 by Robert SchumannCelebration Series, Piano Repertoire Level 5 Topics: RepertoireLearning ProcessCommunication
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Winter 2021: Book Reviews: Rough Ideas: Reflections on Music and More

Rough Ideas by the British American pianist Stephen Hough is a new collection of easily readable essays on a wide range of topics from practice, performance, and repertoire, to Catholicism and spirituality. This informative and provocative tome provides a fascinating look into the mind of one of today's finest classical pia...
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Inside the Studio with Janet Hart

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Character Conundrum: Literary Lessons for Pianists in Schumann's Kreisleriana

Robert Schumann's oeuvre owes structural and inspirational credit to the works of numerous German romantic authors. However, some aspects of his literature-inspired compositional style are more often discussed than others.1 Numerous authors have written about the highly fragmented nature of Schumann's piano cycles, including Kreisleriana,...
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Inside the Studio with Arlene Steffen

 Neisha started lessons in August 2016 and she is 9 years old. She completed CA Certificate of Merit Level 2 in February and is working primarily from Keith Snell's Piano Repertoire Level 2. She recently finished Streabbog's Pleasant Morning and Mozart's Minuet in F Major. Current repertoire includes Schumann's Wild Rider and LaTour's Sonatina...
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Beyond Debussy & Ravel: Discovering the Piano Music of Déodat de Séverac

Due to a long association with C. Leonard Coduti, a musicologist who specializes in French music, I became intrigued with his knowledge of French keyboard music "beyond Debussy and Ravel." I began exploring his many recommendations and have found myself fully entranced, fascinated, and amazed at the prolific output of so many wonderful French ...
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The Hidden Life of the Humble Arabesque

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In a letter of July 1910 to Jacques Durand, Claude Debussy announced that, as an artist, he was "accustomed to living among apparitions." Exactly what form those apparitions took is anybody's guess, but some may well have appeared in the form of arabesques, and not always friendly ones at that. Despite the fact that arabesques are so innocuous ...
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Appropriate Arrangements

We are flooded today with a wide variety of musical arrangements. Through the years, I have heard Bach's Toccata in D Minor used as a video game accompaniment, Mozart's "Turkish March" in a toy cell phone, Poulton's "Aura Lee" (a.k.a. "Love Me Tender") played in a very quick tempo for a dog commercial, and Chopin and Bach melodies serving as the ba...
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Spring 2020: Pupil Saver: Caribbean Blue by Lynn Freeman Olson

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I teach in a piano camp every summer—it is the highlight of my summer and I so look forward to working with students in this setting. I have just listened to the audition of my prospective student for the camp: a boy in middle school who is playing at the intermediate level. The purpose of the audition is to assess his level of playing and sight re...
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From the Artist Bench with Andrew Cooperstock

Sonata in F Minor, Op. 2 No. 1 by Ludwig van Beethoven
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From the Artist Bench with Jerry Wong

Funérailles by Franz Liszt
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The Composer's Score from Conception to Publication: The Evolution of Ginastera's Piano Sonata No. 2

Pianists, when learning repertoire, are not always aware of the challenges faced in producing a published edition. Some composers seem to frequently change their minds, making it difficult for scholars to agree upon a definitive score. Piano Sonata No. 2, Op. 53, by Alberto Ginastera is an interesting case study. I first encountered this work when ...
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Winter 2020: Pupil Saver: First Steps into Ragtime

First steps into Ragtime If you're looking for a lively early-intermediate piece in ragtime style, you can find it in the music of Florence B. Price, one of America's preeminent African American composers. Ticklin' Toes checks all of the ragtime boxes, yet in a way that is accessible for students who are not advanced enough to tackle the music...
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Preparing for Sonatinas

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So much information in a single hour. Thank you so much, Marvin!
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Thank you very much for sharing your information with us! it is very helpful and inspiring! I always enjoy Marvin's seminar, they ... Read More
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Thorough covering of this topic. Thanks, Marvin.
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