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Revisiting “Gimmick” Pieces, Part I: Satie – Vexations

In this two-part series, I’ll be exploring two pieces that some would classify as novelties, gimmicks, or jokes. Are they valid pieces of music? Are they beautiful? Let’s find out. Satie – Vexations Ah yes, Erik Satie. He of the green velvet suits and fondness for absinthe. You might know him as the composer of […]

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Hidden Gems: Brahms – Rhapsody in E-flat Major, Op. 119, No. 4

Every once in a while I wake up in the middle of the night with a horrible realization: I haven’t been talking about Brahms enough. So here I am to keep making the case for Brahms’s piano music. I first heard this piece when I was about ten years old and just starting to really […]

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3 Piano Pieces That Are Easier Than You Think

When you’re searching for new rep to play or teach, it feels like hitting the jackpot when you find something that sounds harder than it actually is. These three examples all have personal connections for me, but I think the insights are widely applicable. You can find more of my unsolicited opinions in the previous […]

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