The Huit Préludes are among Messiaen’s early works. He was only twenty years old at the time the Preludes were written. He had not yet undertaken to experiment with rhythm nor was he completely involved with bird singing yet.
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Piano Adventures Level 1 – Nancy and Randall Faber
This series of books works very well for the young beginner. The Lesson and Performance books are particularly helpful. Students really enjoy singing along as they play, which is excellent for their ear training. New concepts are introduced clearly and at appropriate times. All in all, it’s a great series for the younger…
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Celebrating the great Glenn Gould: September 25, 1932 - October 4, 1982
"One can only wonder what Gould might have done had he lived a full life — he had many plans and spoke of them with customary enthusiasm — but I have no doubt that he would have loved…Continue
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The electronic keyboard is not a piano, but it can be a wonderful musical instrument. If you use the keyboard for the things it does best, and don't try to simulate a real piano, it can be a fabulous learning and performing instrument.
Here's an example of a piece that is quite lovely on the keyboard. There is a version of Air on a G string for solo piano, but a piano cannot sustain long chords the way an orchestra can do. It's a different piece, for sure, but nice to play and…Continue
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Tribute to Dave Brubeck
Dave Brubeck, pianist and composer, brought a cerebral approach to his music that helped bring jazz to a new level of acceptance and respectability. He was one of the best-known and beloved musicians of our time. He died on Wednesday, December 5, 2012, one day before his 92nd birthday.…Continue
Congratulations to one of our great organists!
Michael Jon Bennett has been accepted as a student for the 2012 Pipe Organ Encounter Advanced at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music in Bloomington in July of this year.…Continue
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The Bach Goldberg Variations - A World of Infinite Possibilities
"What on earth could a composer do with only eight notes?" we might ask.
"Not much!" we might answer, especially if those notes were just the first four tones of a descending G major scale, a skip of a third, a short ascending line, and a skip of a fifth forming an authentic cadence. "Pretty ordinary." we might say, shrugging our shoulders.
What, indeed, could…Continue
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