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Felix Mendelssohn: Songs Without Words, Op. 30, #3: Adagio non troppo

I remember the ecstatic feeling when I first played one of the Felix Mendelssohn Songs Without Words. It was with my very first piano teacher, Mercedes Alleshouse, in Mansfield, Ohio. Ever since then, Mendelssohn has been one of my favorite classical composers, alongside J.S. Bach, Chopin, Liszt, Grieg, Mozart, Tchaikovsky, Wagner, Schubert, Beethoven, Debussy, Ravel, […]

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Erik Satie’s Gnossienne #4

The word Gnossienne did not exist until French composer Erik Satie made it up to describe a set of piano pieces. Wikipedia gives a good explanation: “The word appears to derive from gnosis. Satie was involved in gnostic sects and movements at the time that he began to compose the Gnossiennes. However, some published versions claim that the word […]

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“Sit Bach and Relax” Sneak Peek: Bach/Vivaldi Larghetto

Spring Greetings! “Sit Bach and Relax” is the title of a series of albums I plan to release, featuring me performing slow music of Johann Sebastian Bach and other classical composers. Here is a sneak peek of the opening track of Volume One, which is a beautiful Larghetto by Bach, transcribed from a Vivaldi Concerto. […]

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