Life of an Editor: Paging

At a certain stage of the production process of a publication, all the elements of the book – the music, title page, table of contents, and other designed elements – exist as pages without definitive page numbers, and now have to be put together in a way that makes sense for the end user while... Continue Reading →

10 Scarlatti Sonatas You Should Play or Teach

Domenico Scarlatti (1685-1757) is a real treasure. His music is bite-sized, sounds great on piano or harpsichord, and features the lightness of the Italian Baroque, forays into Classical style, and some Spanish flair from his music master positions in Seville and Madrid. A single three- or four-minute Scarlatti sonata can traverse a wide range of... Continue Reading →

Life of an Editor: Working on Bonjour, Piano!

Bonjour, Piano!, a five-volume leveled series of French piano literature, represents the most all-encompassing editorial work I’ve done at Hal Leonard. The project provided an outlet for my natural curiosity in seeking out obscure music. During an initial brainstorm about a leveled series of French piano music, Rick Walters and I wrote down names of... Continue Reading →

Top 5 Contemporary Piano Sonatas: #1

#1: Ives - Sonata No. 2 “Concord, Mass., 1840-60” (1915) Well, here we are at the end of the “Top 5” sonata-ranking journey. And though this is the fifteenth sonata I’m writing about, I think I’ve saved the best for last. I’ve already written extensively about the Concord Sonata: in program notes for my junior... Continue Reading →

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