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Celebrating the 100th anniversary of women's suffrage

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  In March of 2017, I had a delightful experience that I thought I'd share with you, and as a result, introduce you to some exciting and marvelous music you may wish to explore further. In 1917, women were given the right to vote in New York State. Three years later, on August 18, 1920, the Nineteenth Amendment granting women the right to vote...
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An aural journey through "Spring is Here"

​I recently performed a concert celebrating the arrival of spring with a program featuring songs with the word "Spring" in the title.  ​It Might As Well Be Spring, Spring Can Really Hang You Up the Most, You Must Believe in Spring,  ​and  ​Joy Spring ​ proved to be fun to play and provided me with many harmonic and rhythmic opportuni...
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Progressive progressions

​Something wonderful happened to me this year: I was assigned a new student, Chris (not his or her real name), who is a very talented pianist, and who studied with a fine teacher. Chris always arrives at every lesson motivated, eager, and excited, but even more fascinating is Chris' desire to start each lesson with scales! Chris asks me for a key, ...
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I've got a classic case of the blues

The sounds of jazz have always fasci nated classical musicians. In the earliest years of the twentieth cen tury composers such as Debussy, Hindemith, Milhaud, and Stravinsky were all drawn to the infectious rhythms of Ragtime.' As jazz harmonies and forms became more sophisticated, classical composers incorporated more diverse jazzy elements i...
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In the mood for modes

M usicians throughout the centuries have been fascinated by modes, their unique structure and sound, and the opportunity for expressiveness they offer. From folk songs (Scarboroug h F air) to pop music ( El e anor R igby) to jazz (Maide n Uiyage ), we have been intrigued by the mystery their distinctive elements create in our ear. Jazz musicians es...
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Gershwin's Blue Lullaby

from the series: ​​It's Got That Swing: Jazz & Pop Tony Caramia, Editor George Gershwin's rhythms, wonderful melodies, and unmistakable American harmonies continue to fascinate listeners and performers. P orgy  and B ess is a mainstay of opera companies around the world. In a recent search, YouTube offered more than 500 videos of R ha...
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