My 5 Favorite Piano Rags

I don’t know about you, but I played a lot of rags growing up. I had a complete Scott Joplin collection and some auxiliary mixed-composer collections, and spent endless hours sightreading until my left hand ached from all the bass leaps. It was always a nice change of pace from Beethoven sonatas. The pieces tended... Continue Reading →

Top 10 Pieces for 2 Pianos: #10-#6

For many pianists, the only experience of playing in a two-piano ensemble might be while rehearsing and performing a concerto in a conservatory setting. Outside that setting, there’s a limited availability of venues with two performance-ready pianos, unless you’re touring professionally. And I doubt that the average dueling-piano bar would be open to an evening... Continue Reading →

Top 5 Piano Concerto Cadenzas

Not every piano concerto has a significant cadenza, but we tend to remember the ones that do. They are spotlights for the performer to show their skills without any orchestral accompaniment in the way, and often composers save both their most challenging material and some important thematic development for these sections. In the Classical period... Continue Reading →

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