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 →

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 →

Top 5 Sonatas from the Romantic Period: #1

#1: Liszt - Sonata in B minor, S. 178 (1854) At some point in the mid-nineteenth century, European composers were facing a serious aesthetic divide. Some historians call it the War of the Romantics, as if classical music could be that exciting. In one camp were Wagner, Liszt, and other composers undertaking grand experiments in... Continue Reading →

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