Franz Liszt took the Art of Piano Performance to transcendental levels. This extraordinary pianist/composer / humanitarian transformed the art of piano technique, performance and composition.
Johann Sebastian Bach captured all of the key signatures as well as every human emotion in his 'Well Tempered Clavier'. No. V from Book I is one of the most loved for it's contrasts
Toccatas were written to show of the keyboardists skill in the Baroque Period. Johann Sebastian Bach wrote seven toccatas, and brought this form to its apex in the eighteenth century.
Make the most of your piano lessons. Maximize your time and increase your skill at the piano or other instrument. Tips to improve the efficiency of your practice time at the piano.
Frédéric François Chopin was an enigmatic composer and pianist shrouded in mystery. Behind the delicate ornamentation in much of his music was a shrewd business man. Using the title 'Ballade' for an instrumental work could not have been coincidental as he gave great thought to every note of his...
As the piano developed and became a mainstay in many middle-class homes after the French Revolution, piano literature from Beethoven into the Romantic period on became more complex and technically demanding. To meet the demands of the rapidly developing pianos, piano sonatas, piano concertos and...
A Fugue is a complex form of music using advanced counterpoint to create ingenious harmonies. JS Bach advanced this form to the highest level with his unfinished masterpiece: 'Art of Fugue'
Quejas, ó la Maja y el Ruiseñor—The Maiden and the Nightingale is the fourth suite from Enrique Granados piano suite 'The Goyescas' or 'The Gallants in Love'. The suite was later made into an opera.
Béla Bartók was a great pianist, composer, humanitarian and musicologist. He is responsible for popularizing the field of ethnomusicology. Many of his own compositions used motives and rhythms from his ethnomusicology research.
Franz Liszt's seventh piece of the piano suite Harmonies Poétiques et Religieuses contained the marking October 1849 on the Manuscript. This was the same month his colleague Chopin died. Was Funérailles an elegy to Chopin or written in honor of his fallen comrades of the Hungarian Revolution?
Chopin's Opus 35, Sonata No. 2 is his only composition without a dedication. Could Opus 35 be a musical biography of his own life ?