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Inspiration, Joy, and a bit of TechnologyA change of direction Inspiration struck and I sat down at my computer this morning to begin writing. However, the Microsoft 360 gods decided to undertake a massive update at the same time. “DO NOT TURN OFF YOUR COMPUTER” now occupies my screen for

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I see Debussy’s use of accents here more as a grouping factor rather than a hierarchical one. The burgundy-circled accents (tenutos may have worked just as well here) occur where a different type of emphasis might be more intuitive. I believe he used these here to keep one from making

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Making Right and Wrong Turns What is it about ornaments that result in near-fist fights as opinions fill the air? Perhaps because they are the last vestiges of improvisation for most classically-trained musicians – but I cannot say for sure. Sometimes the tirades take on the air of “I know better”

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I promise to get back to the idea of seeing vs. believing one of these days. Meanwhile, I’m preparing for several talks in Pennsylvania and thought you might be interested in seeing something from my notes on those topics! In the struggle to find the perfect lyric melody, what elements

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Editions Musica Ferrum has done it again, offering a beautiful score that feels good in the hands, well made with quality paper, and full of original illustrations (by William Chajin, Elwira Pawlikowska, and Piero Pierini) that attach to remarkable compositions. Nine composers from across the globe participated in the project

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There is a special moment in nearly every piece that communicates to an audience that the end is near – not that the end has arrived but rather a demarcation point that suggests that everything following might be fluff. Perhaps it isn’t fluff after all, but the cadence at this point

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I admit it; I am addicted to technology. I teach from an iPad using ForScore™ with notes snatched from www.imslp.org more than I do from “real” scores. I love the feel of a stylus in my hand as I scribble on the virtual scores and enjoy the ease of emailing

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Oxford University Press Blog – Music Teachers on Facebook Oxford Blog Link  I just reviewed yet another “hot off the press” piano composition. It was posted on Facebook by someone I do not know – either as a person or by reputation. It looks good, but that is only because

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originally posted at www.CenterforArtsInnovation.com  It was during a performance of the legendary pianist Menahem Pressler that I stopped wondering how it would feel to be in the presence of God.  No, it was not the pianist’s imposing stature or powerful performance that invoked images of divine grandeur — quite the

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“I have always played trills 2-to-1. I recently bought a new edition of Haydn and the editor suggests 3-to1. Is this just an editor’s “showmanship” or have I been playing my trills wrong all these years?” Elise Russell from the Piano Curriculum Facebook Page has asked me to approach this

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