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Busy with Beethoven

As I continue to read the Swafford Beethoven biography, I’m listening to Beethoven almost exclusively.  The author’s passion for the composer’s music is intense, and he imparts in me a desire to listen to all of it.  The biography presents works as they appear in Beethoven’s life, mostly chronologically, with an occasional hint about things […]

Breaking 100

Perpetual Motions are all about speed.  My current Perpetual Motion, the second piece with this title that I’ve played, is the second to last piece in Suzuki Book 4.  The first was in Book 1, a very basic piece that I haven’t gone back to in a while. My focus of the moment is bringing […]

A King Day Song

My organization held a screening of the film Soundtrack for a Revolution back in November of 2016 – the PBS film highlights music as a tool for social change during the civil rights movement.  Our screening was a response to the then-recent election of an unapologetic racist to the highest office in America.  Since, the […]

A Lincoln Center Christmas in Chicago

The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center is a gifted group of over 150 world-class artists dedicated to performing and promoting chamber music.  Last night an ensemble from the group treated Chicago with a winter-welcoming special – The Brandenburg Concertos.  Michael and I had good seats for the magnificent performance at the Harris Theatre adjacent […]

Art and Science

Lately, Teacher has been working with me on dynamics.  Loudness is, of course, one of our universe’s seemingly infinite continuums.  The loudest loud can always be shouted down by something else; the softest soft can be softer.  An infinity stretches between.  Within the oeuvre of just one man, dynamics help create the delicate dance of […]

A Vivaldi Duet

Every once in a blue moon, Teacher brings the duet parts for the Suzuki pieces so she can play along with me; this past Tuesday was one of them.  It’s always fulfilling for me to play like that, making real music, and this Vivaldi concerto movement was the most fun I’ve had with chamber music […]

Great 8 with Anne Sophie

The New York Times has a weekly feature that presents a nicely curated set of eight classical music videos (usually YouTube) freely available online.  I don’t know how old the feature is, but I’ve noticed sets the last three weeks.  Last night, I was exploring this week’s and became enamored of a Brahms Double Concerto […]