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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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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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