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  • August 25, 2013: Beethoven & Serenity

    August 25, 2013 19:34

    At age 22 Beethoven moved to Vienna – one of the musical capitals of the world. And his career took off: patrons lined up, concert invitations piled up – life was good!

    Then multiple misfortunes struck. One was his well known deafness. Beginning when he was 26, his hearing was gone by age 42... (more )

  • July 28, 2013: Playing Fast

    July 28, 2013 19:35

    I am asked from time to time how I manage to play fast pieces. The ‘secret’ comes straight from the Master: “whoever humbles himself shall be exalted” (Matt 23:12). (more )

  • July 14, 2013: Ravel's Reject

    July 14, 2013 19:37

    Back in January I played the first movement of Ravel's Sonatine. The other two movements are quite beautiful also, so for 'summer fun' I thought I might play all three movements spread out over the next three Sundays. If you'll recall, Ravel wrote the first movement of the Sonatine in 1903 for a competition sponsored by the Weekly Critical Review magazine after being encouraged by a close friend who was a contributor to that magazine. (more )

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