Wolf-Tempered Clavier: A Pleasant Surprise

Hungarian publisher EMB has recently released a piano collection called Wolf-Temperiertes Klavier (Wolf-Tempered Clavier) by composer Peter Wolf. In a further evocation of Bach and The Well-Tempered Clavier, the cover features part of a Bach portrait. Mr. Wolf himself also gets a little photo. It’s all very mysterious. Is this a cycle of preludes and... Continue Reading →

Feeling uplifted with Karl Jenkins

Just three posts after writing about Ludovico Einaudi, I’m covering Karl Jenkins. In case you’re alarmed at my swerving into the mainstream, don’t worry. I’ll be back to investigating Scriabin deep cuts and making lofty rankings soon enough. The truth is, these classical “crossover” artists are making up a larger and larger portion of print... Continue Reading →

Coming to terms with Einaudi

Ludovico Einaudi writes quiet, simple, meditative music, mostly for piano. And he’s a global phenomenon. He sold out seven nights at the Barbican in London. His latest album, Seven Days Walking: Day One, achieved two million online streams on its release day, making it the fastest streamed classical album of all time. Meanwhile, from my... Continue Reading →

The Etude: A music magazine of yesteryear

OK, guys. I found something recently that I think will provide enough material for many posts to come. Someone at the office showed me three issues of a magazine called The Etude, which was published by the Theodore Presser Company from 1883–1957. The issues in question date from May 1910, March 1928, and March 1929.... Continue Reading →

Piano Music for Moods

Years ago, I stumbled on a website where a music lover had made a list of his or her favorite pieces for a variety of moods. That list encompassed all classical genres, and it was pretty comprehensive. Some of the associations led me to discover music that soon became some of my favorite. To show... Continue Reading →

The Greatest Living Piano Composers, Part II

The previous post on this topic basically spotlighted a generation. Four of the five composers were born within a year of each other. The list below is a bit more scattered, but it represents a snapshot of some continuing trends. Auerbach and Liebermann carry the torch for traditional piano development and focus on harmony. Vine... Continue Reading →

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