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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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3 Piano Pieces That Are Harder Than You Think

Let me qualify the “you” of the title. I’m not trying to blame anyone or swing judgmental glances at the piano-playing populace. I’ve just been thinking lately about how certain pieces get stuck with a perceived difficulty level, and if that level overshoots the reality for the average piano student, it can lead to discouragement. […]

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