The Great Sonata Ranking (in case you missed it last year)

About this time last year I was finishing up a multi-week exploration of the greatest piano sonatas from each period from Classical to contemporary. This topic may not be as cosmically significant as the Spider Nebula (pictured above), but I think it's worth discussing in the piano community. I always meant to create a landing... Continue Reading →

The Joy of Piano Duets

Can we just talk about how neat duets are for a minute? Whether it’s a teacher/student duet for educational purposes, an arrangement of a Disney song, or a straight-up classical piece written specifically for one piano, four hands, playing duets is almost always fun and satisfying. There are so many fresh elements that you never... Continue Reading →

Top 5 Contemporary Piano Sonatas: #3

#3: Barber – Sonata in E-flat minor, Op. 26 (1949) It’s telling that when I was thinking about my initial ranking of contemporary sonatas, before I had scouted out more obscure pieces, my first thought was “OK, so where is Barber going to end up?” It’s popular, and justly so. But is it a masterpiece?... Continue Reading →

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