Monthly Archives: December 2010

Tchaikovsky’s Endearing First Piano Concerto

Most great artists are acutely misunderstood. Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893) was no exception to this belief. When he composed his Piano Concerto no. 1 in B-flat minor, op. 23, the pianist he had hoped to impress, Nicolai Grigorevich Rubinstein, gave … Continue reading

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Maurice Ravel’s Seductive “Bolero”

The first time I heard Maurice Ravel’s (1875-1937) Boléro, was for a dance number by the Robinson Ballet. The dancers came onto the stage in sweeping silk skirts, bare feet and loose hair (instead of tied up in their secure … Continue reading

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Antonin Dvorak’s Indelible “Songs My Mother Taught Me”

There is something soothing in listening to Dvořák’s “Songs.” From the moment the violin begins its endearing lullaby to its melancholy finish, the piece leaves one with a sense of longing. The feeling is similar to when you finish a … Continue reading

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