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Piano Lessons in Waukesha County, Wisconsin

Debussy - La Plus Que Lente

I fell in love with this when I first heard Andre Watts play this on a televised piano recital. The piece is Debussy's (somewhat comical) answer to a type of music during his time.  A loose translation of the title is "The Very Slow Waltz" but this is actually not played too slowly, possibly poking fun at other compositions in the same genre.

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Bach - Aria from the Goldberg Variations

There are so many reasons why I love this piece. I love that Bach in general is so transparent and he doesn't hide behind tricks or common phrases to provide "meat" to his work. This piece is so well balanced and from the performance end of it, if you're not careful and paying attention to the phrasing, the whole foundation can crumble.

I recorded this as a quick study and something that I could possibly play at church. Thanks for listening!

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How 'bout some Satie

I subscribe to a UK magazine, "Pianist", which includes selections of piano sheet music. One of the issues had Gnoissienne #4 by Erik Satie. Erik Satie's most popular piece of music is the Gymnopedie No. 1 (which I recorded and is below), so I was curious about the Gnoissienne. The piece contains a lot of interesting sounds and harmonies, e.g. ending on an F# Major chord to e minor. I probably take it slower than I should, but I hope you enjoy it.

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Miniature for Clarinet and Piano

Here's a short composition for clarinet and piano. I was experimenting with some melodic phrases and a 5/4 pattern in the middle that's influenced by the Shostakovich piano trio #2, 4th movement. The rest of it can definitely not be compared to the trio's themes, but just some phrases I liked.

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Il Bacio - Giovanni Allevi

This is a piece that I just recently encountered from a list of pieces by Giovanni Allevi, an Italian composer. This recording performance is dedicated to my wife, my soulmate and the love of my life. The composer, Giovanni Allevi, said that it's inspired by Gustav Klimt's "The Kiss", which I have always admired (pictured below).

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Welcome

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Welcome to my blog! I'm very excited to share my music, some ideas , thoughts and general musings regarding piano teaching, music education, and anything else that comes to mind. Hopefully we'll have some fun here! Please feel free to drop me a comment.

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