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Volcano Brought Chopin to Orange County
Because of the Eyjafjallajökull volcano a man sat waiting Monday afternoon in the Newark airport instead of on a plane to Berlin. Sitting there, the man got a phone call. Yuja Wang had a sore arm, it seemed, and a doctor had ordered her to rest. The... Read more >>
Mussorgsky – Pictures at an Exhibition
Pictures at an Exhibition, one of Modest Mussorgsky’s most famous work, is a set of ten pieces originally composed for the piano. The work is also well known in various arrangements with Ravel’s orchestration being the most recorded and performed. Read more >>
Views on J. S. Bach – Interview with pianist Peter Hill
A recognised authority in 20th century and contemporary music, Peter Hill turns for the first time on disc to another of his lifelong preoccupations – the music of J. S. Bach. In this exclusive interview for Piano Street, Peter shares his ideas on... Read more >>
New sheet music: Chopin – Four Concert Pieces
Four concert pieces by Chopin, including Variations on Mozart’s ‘La ci darem la mano’ and Andante spianato, in editions by Mikuli (solo piano part with orchestral cues) have been added to our sheet music library. Read more >>
TAKE YOUR SEAT! Hear Mitsuko Uchida Play Mozart Live with the Berliner Philharmoniker
Thanks to a collaboration with the Berliner Philharmoniker Digital Concert Hall, all Piano Street members can enjoy free access for 48 hours to the Digital Concert Hall. Log in to your Piano Street account to get your free voucher code which gives... Read more >>
New Recordings: Schubert – Six Moments Musicaux op 94
The Moments Musicaux were published only a few months before Schubert’s death in 1828. Most of them were composed during 1827 or 1828, with the exception of Nos. 3 and 6, dating from 1823 and 1824 respectively. Read more >>
Have you ever met Mr. Ignaz Brüll?
Like his contemporary Max Bruch, Ignaz Brüll lived in the shadow of Brahms and even though his artistic aims were unlike those of the greater composer, he has suffered neglect, much of it unwarranted. Brüll appears in the Romantic Piano Concertos... Read more >>
The Art of Improvisation – Risky Business and Living It All at the Same Time
It’s unquestionable that Keith Jarrett is one of the most significant pianists to emerge in the second half of the 20th Century. This is a wonderful documentary portrait from 2005 of one of the world’s pianist superstars of improvisation. Classical... Read more >>
Goldberg Variations by Bach – New Urtext Piano Sheet Music
A number of legendary performances of this monumental work have been recorded on piano as well as on harpsichord and organ, two of the most popular and highly regarded ones by Glenn Gould (piano: 1955 and 1981). Read more >>
Albéniz – Asturias and 20 other piano pieces
Even though Isaac Albéniz actually never composed any music for guitar much of his piano music is part of the standard guitar repertoire. Asturias (Leyenda), the fifth movement from Suite Española, opus 47, is one example. Read more >>
A Piano Spectacular for 80 Fingers – $1.6 Million Worth of Piano on Stage
The eight pianists performed new arrangements of classical favourites, including Ravel’s Bolero, Rhapsody in Blue, Percy Grainger’s Merriment, Pictures at an Exhibition, Handel Medley, the Saint-Saens Organ Symphony and a new 80-finger version of... Read more >>
Piano Technique – the Leschetizky Method
This legendary manual in both English and German documents principles and techniques of the legendary piano teacher Theodor Leschetizky, who taught Paderewski, Schnabel and many other great pianists. Read more >>
The 14th Van Cliburn – Merging High Quality Performance with Hi-End Technology
The Van Cliburn International Piano Competition is an innovative force in the classical music field and is a recognized leader in bringing live performances to audiences extending far beyond the concert hall. Read more >>
Social Media, Authenticity & How Not to Play Beethoven’s Für Elise
Counting the beat correctly in one of the world’s most popular piano pieces, Für Elise by Beethoven, is certainly not a bagatelle…
As every piano teacher knows, students often have problems playing the right number of beats in bars 14 and 37. Read more >>
Books on Piano Pedaling
“The more I play, the more I am thoroughly convinced that the pedal is the soul of the piano. There are cases where the pedal is everything” Anton Rubinstein Read more >>
The Case of Ravel
In this exclusive interview pianist Paul Roberts talks about his new book Reflections and the search for pathways into the core of musical interpretation. Read more >>
Verbier Festival 2011 on Medici.tv
More than 20 events from the Verbier festival are streamed live as well as being available on demand for free. Here are some piano related highlights you may not want to miss... Read more >>
The Sweet and Not So Sweet Sound of Music
Our modern ears are now used to equal temperament, and, despite the impurities in its intervals, now prefer its sound over any other temperament. Researchers at the University of Minnesota wanted to delve more into this and studied 250 students at... Read more >>
AST Updated: 700 Piano Pieces Added
The Piano Street Team has been hard at work: 1200 man hours of listening and hand picking the greatest among the many great performers playing the greatest piano music is tough work. But we have persisted. We have not complained. And here we are, now... Read more >>
Sit in on a Unique Class with Messiaen on Debussy and Colour
French composer Olivier Messiaen was a synaesthete who experienced colours when he heard or imagined music. He devised his own system of modes (scales) based on his synaesthesia and in some scores he actually notated the colours, to help the... Read more >>
Pianos for People
In the 21st century, as electronic instruments become more popular as less expensive options than traditional pianos, wood-and-wire keyboards are finding their way into landfills and junk heaps. Non-profit organization Pianos for People doesn’t want... Read more >>
Talk of the Town: Bavouzet´s Debussy Complete
Jean-Efflam Bavouzet took the Instrumental Award at this year’s BBC Music Awards for the third (out of four) volume of his complete Debussy piano music series on the Chandos label. Read more >>
Chandos Records Running Complete Piano Projects
Chandos Records is presently recording the complete Chopin with Louis Lortie and the complete Brahms with Barry Douglas. From these ambitious projects we recommend two recent albums which gained critical acclaim. Read more >>
Pianomania – Love, Perfection and a Little Bit of Madness
“The tone isn’t breathing.“ – complains pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard, distraught. This is a typical sentence in Steinway & Sons’ chief technician and Master Tuner Stefan Knüpfer’s normal work day. The film Pianomania takes the viewer along on a... Read more >>
Exciting Time Travels – Exclusive Interview with Ronald Brautigam
Ronald Brautigam talks to Piano Street’s Patrick Jovell about his love and interest in period instruments as well as the modern grand piano. Read more >>
Scarlatti - Popular Keyboard Sonatas
What Scarlatti is most prominently remembered for are the 555 short keyboard sonatas originally labelled Essercizi (Exercises). When he died in Madrid, Scarlatti left this treasury of manuscripts, which were largely unplayed beyond Spain and Portugal... Read more >>
A High Tech Pianist for the Future?
“The Visual Recital” is an attempt to help audiences understand and enjoy the syntax of music with visualizations that are scripted and controlled by the musician – a kind of live “Fantasia”, so to speak. Read more >>
Practicing Perfection: Memory and Piano Performance
The memory capacity of famous musicians seem almost superhuman. Can such outstanding accomplishments be explained by the same principles associated with ordinary, everyday memory related abilities? Read more >>
Can you figure out these Piano Puzzles?
Composer and pianist Bruce Adolphe takes a familiar tune – a popular song, a children’s tune, a Broadway hit or something from the classical repertoire – and rewrites it in the style of a classical composer, often using direct quotes from famous... Read more >>
The Car Industry Promotes the Idea of Piano
Volkswagen in Stockholm, Sweden, have created a campaign website featuring several videos, all dedicated to the idea that happiness is the easiest way to get people to change. The Piano staircase resulted in a 66% increase in people taking the stairs... Read more >>
Michelangeli Plays Beethoven Sonata Op. 2 no. 3
Michelangeli built a reputation as much on the frequency of his cancellation of concerts as on his piano performances. On this video, he plays the first movement from Beethoven's Piano Sonata in C major Op. 2 No. 3, recorded in 1970. Read more >>
Piano Vintage – Italian Excellence Bringing Old Steinways Back to Life
One of the most interesting exhibitors at the Cremonafiere Exhibition’s piano part – the so called CremonaPianoforte – this fall was a company and and workshop called Piano Vintage. The company performs a type of restoration dictated from the work... Read more >>
Happy 150th Birthday, Claude Debussy!
Great piano composers’ anniversaries don’t normally take place annually, but since the Chopin & Schumann year 2010 and the Liszt celebrations 2011, time has now come for another immensely important composer. Today, the 22nd of August 2012 marks the... Read more >>
Any Place, Any Time… Berliner Philharmoniker Launches Digital Concert Hall
Whether you live in Texas or Tokyo you can now find the world-famous orchestra and its musical partners – Artistic Director Sir Simon Rattle as well as renowned guest conductors and soloists. Read more >>
Steinway Update: Code Name “Edelweiss” Outbid by a True Piano Lover
The calculation was apparently rather simple for the new owner - he loves Steinway's pianos, so why not buy the whole company? We suggest that next step for the new owner, John Paulson, would be to learn to play his pianos. Read more >>
The Light of Claude Debussy
Watch this film by Anthony Tobin, celebrating the genius of Debussy. It was shown by G. Henle Verlag during the Frankfurt Musik Messe, 2012, in connection with their release of three volumes of the complete piano works of Debussy. Read more >>

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