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You think it is one instrument? It is a hundred instruments!

Anton Rubinstein on the tonal possibilities available at the piano (via sonateharder)

Compare with Segovia: “The piano is a monster that screams when you touch its teeth.” I think they were both correct.

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No, someone did not draw all over this score. But Paul Hindemith drew on the original. Ludus Tonalis (a tonal game) is Hindemith’s 20th-century version of the Well-Tempered Clavier.

Hindemith illustrated the score a few years after publishing it for his wife Gertrud’s 50th birthday. Gertrud being a Leo and Hindemith a Scorpio, thematic lions and lobsters play along the page, pointing out themes and inversions.

From the score’s postscript by Giselher Schubert:

The work begins with a Praeludium which also serves as the Postludium by virtue of being turned through 180 degrees.

The main section of the work comprises a series of 12 fugues, all of which are in three voices. They explore every conceivable fugal technique and are ordered - harmonically and tonally - according to the decreasing relationship of the 12 notes of the chromatic scale to a tonic…

Between the fugues, Hindemith has inserted interludes that often modulate to other keys and that involve the most varied compositional techniques.

This is a wonderful facsimile to read, published by Schott. The SLC Music Library has a copy that can be checked out. And here’s a YouTube video of Sviatoslav Richter performing part 1 in 1985.


We took Yuja Wang, the ultra-glam pianist (seriously, those stiletto booties), to the Steinway & Sons factory in Queens to play some fierce and fiery Prokofiev on a new instrument.



Young Shostakovich playing piano

In case anyone needed cheering up

so adorbz :3

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Gloria Cheng,
Piano Dance - A 20th-Century Portrait

Pianist Gloria Cheng is a phenomenal musician. This album, Piano Dance (Telarc, 2000), focuses on 20th-century music, from Joan Huang to Debussy, Ligeti, Barber, Per Nørgård, Philip Glass, and more.

This piece is Rumanian Dance, Op. 8a, No. 1, by Béla Bartók. Bartok was heavily inspired by indigenous Hungarian music, and spent much of his live collecting and evaluating it. These dances are settings of tunes he learned from peasants in the Hungarian countryside.

Check out the rest of the 20th century artists featured on this CD at the Music Library!


Vladimir Ashkenazy with his young son at the piano


Vladimir Ashkenazy with his young son at the piano

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Eight pianists’ renditions of the Capriccio from Bach’s Partita Nº. 2 in C minor, BWV 826: Anderszewski, Erez, Gieseking, Ioudenitch, Weissenberg, Dinnerstein, Argerich, and Fray. This is especially interesting to me, as I have been relentlessly studying this partita for years now.

From the heavy clock-pulse of Anderszewski to the cool, somewhat flat, but technically impeccable reading by Dinnerstein; from Argerich’s speed, fire, and color to David Fray’s sensitivity and articulateness, much can be learned from a study like this one from Youtube user tnsnamesoralong. You may wish to click over to the Youtube page, as there are timecode links to the individual performances.


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Yuja Wang plays Gluck and Liszt | Sound Tracks Quick Hits | PBS (by SoundTracksQH)

I’ve been lucky enough to see Yuja Wang in concert twice. She’s a phenomenal pianist.

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Piano Sonata Nº. 1
II. In Zeitmass eines sehr langsamen Marsches

Glenn Gould, piano 

(photo by Ben Heine)

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Alexis Weissenberg,
Great Pianists Of The 20th Century

Bulgarian/French pianist Alexis Weissenberg sadly passed away earlier this year at age 84. Our new CD of his music, appropriately from the “Great Pianists of the 20th century" series (1998, Philips Classics).

Weissenberg’s playing focused on tonality and clarity, and he was especially interested in the romantics. This album features some of his best works, including Bach, Chopin, Czerny, Debussy, Prokofiev, Rachmaninoff, Scarlatti, Scriabin, and Stravinsky.

This piece is Prokofiev’s Piano Sonata no. 3 in A minor, op. 28, which allows Weissenberg to really showcase his virtuosity. Check out the CD!