Hidden Gems: Beethoven – 6 Easy Variations on an Original Theme in G Major, WoO 77

Yeah, I know. You’ve probably been hearing Beethoven on the radio, from your piano students, from your local orchestra, and from everyone who is scrambling to make Beethoven’s 250th anniversary a big deal (even though it’s not till December 2020). But have you heard this piece? I sure hadn’t. And I’m….really into Beethoven. If you're... Continue Reading →

Hidden Gems: Brahms – Variations on an Original Theme, Op. 21, No. 1

Johannes Brahms loved variation form. This is clear from the number of standalone variation sets he composed, as well as the numerous times he turned to variation form for a movement of a sonata or other work. All of these pieces are quite fine, but there’s something about Op. 21, No. 1 that I keep... Continue Reading →

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