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Recent Articles & News
5 Minutes on Franz Liszt’s Funérailles
Pianist Daniel Barenboim, now celebrating 75 years, has published a series of short videos titled “5 minutes on…” in which he discusses well-known piano pieces. In this episode he talks about Franz Liszt’s Funérailles from the piano cycle Harmonies Poétiques et Religieuses. Read more...
The Media Lounge Debut and a World Gathering in Cremona!
Cremona again marked its presence as the world capital of instrumental music exhibitions with the 2017 edition of the Cremona Musica which combined top level artists, manufacturers, academia and pedagogy. An initiative from the Artistic Director pianist Roberto Prosseda and Berlin based pianist Andreas Kern, the Media Lounge with 30 journalists from the major specialized newspapers, magazines, broadcast media and web-based media saw its light. Read more...
The World Piano Bible
While working in a piano factory in Leipzig, East Germany, Jens Witter started cataloging pianos, inadvertently beginning what would eventually become his doctoral dissertation. The data archive grew and comprised 10 000 index cards and eventually became a massive Bible of Pianos containing some 40 000 names. Read more...
The Hidden Piano Treasure of Jean Sibelius
Strangely enough, it would be quite easy to attend piano recitals for years and never hear a note of Sibelius. Now Norwegian pianist Leif-Ove Andsnes makes an adventurous raid into Sibelius’ native Finland and want us to change that. It is not surprising that his playing is immaculately detailed and sympathetic Read more...
International Piano – September/October issue
Boris Giltburg explores how his Russian roots have deeply influenced his cultural and artistic outlook, and explains why the music of Rachmaninov never fails to move him; we catch up with pianist and conductor Vladimir Ashkenazy as he celebrates his 80th birthday; and the development of piano music and pianism in Russia in the turbulent years leading up to the October Revolution of 1917. Read more...
Ode to Joy at the Proms 2017
Hear Igor Levit’s encore at First Night of the Proms 2017. Liszt’s piano solo version of Ode to Joy from Beethoven’s 9th Symphony. Read more...
Mozart Can Tell the Difference
For the first time in the history of The Cliburn Competition, semifinalists were required to perform a Mozart concerto. This was not only based on the fact that the Cliburn Foundation’s CEO Jacques Marquis is a classical concerto fan, but rather from the aim of judging how competitors show musical maturity and the delicate world of the Austrian master. Read more...
What’s New in The Cliburn 2017?
The final round of quadrennial Van Cliburn Competition kicked off on Monday. The competition has moved into the 21st century. There are simulcasts on the competition’s website and the French classical music website medici.tv. Greg Anderson and Elizabeth Joy Roe host the festivities. Read more...
Piano News Flash
More Skills Than Just Scales
It's fine to be a performance major in piano. It's better to have other skill sets upon which you can depend during lean times or if your goal to pursue a career as a performer doesn't pan out. Read more at uknow.uky.edu
The Rhodes on the Road
The Rhodes Piano is a staple of popular music, with performers like "The Doors" and Stevie Wonder making great use of its unique sound. So light is the necessary touch to play it that one wonders if Glenn Gould himself would approve. Still, its distinct, pure tone, though lacking in the same power as its traditional cousin, nevertheless has great presence. Read more at pitchfork.com
The Schumann Method Doesn't Work
Every pianist knows how Schumann ruined his hands by trying to make them bigger. Almost every pianist knows the problems that can arise from hand pain and see what happened to Leon Fleisher and Gary Graffman. Brenda Wristen has stepped up and provided a set of solutions for the problems faced by pianists with small hands. Read more at journalstar.com
Defending Against Arts Cuts
As a student, one doesn't get very many chances to "speak truth to power" from the stage of a recital. Garrett Snedeker did just that when he commissioned seven fellow students to compose a poem about how important the arts program at Washington State University is in the face of daunting and irrational program cuts. Read more at dailyevergreen.com
Not Just About Burning Pianos
Annea Lockwood once wrote a piece that involved setting the piano upon which it was performed on fire. Aside from the debate about that particular piece of shtick, she has contributed much to both the avant-garde music scene and the prominence of female composers. She talks articulately about her creative process and how her compositions can help shape tomorrow's music world. Read more at yaledailynews.com
Hammerless Mahler?
The sixth symphony of Gustav Mahler is intense, brooding, and powerful. It's scored for a gigantic orchestra of quad winds and eight horns. Can a four-hands piano transcription do the work justice? You have to decide if 20 fingers can approximate more than 100 musicians on stage and, especially, if the last movement can reach its searing emotional climax missing the iconic hammer strokes. Read more at washingtonpost.com
The Developing Mythos of the Toy Piano
Phyllis Chen is a master of the toy piano. She is capable of drawing incredible emotion and depth of expression from its tiny keyboard. Still, she continually expands her perception of what is possible with the instrument by listening to suggestions from the audience regarding its use. Read more at icareifyoulisten.com
The Catharsis of Music
Playing music releases energy, emotion, and stress because it allows the performer to express a wide range of feelings and attitudes. By being successful at the performance, the player can, therefore, boost self-esteem and confidence. Read more at sunjournal.com
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Piano Street Site Updates
19 april 2017:
New CD release by Op 111 Productions: "Alma Brasiliera" with pianist Paulo Steinberg.

25 november 2016:
13 Easy Pieces by Beethoven and Gurlitt.

29 July 2016:
New pieces added to the line of Instructive Editions.

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New pieces added to the line of Instructive Editions.

18 February 2016:
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