Category Archives: Composers

Love Affair with Sergei Rachmaninoff and His Piano Concerto No. 2

I’ve had another sudden affair with Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873-1943) as of late. That isn’t to say the affair hasn’t gone on for years. I adore him. But periodically I’m reminded of that love when I listen to him; his brilliance … Continue reading

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The Tortured Gustav Mahler and His Affecting Music

The composer and conductor Gustav Mahler (1860-1911) suffered a tortured life of loss. His affecting music may have been the answer to fill his void and help him find his direction. He married the beautiful 22-year-old Alma Maria Schindler in … Continue reading

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The Romantic Frederic Chopin and His Elegant First Piano Concerto

Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849) had an intimate connection with the piano. He was a composer of mazurkas, etudes, waltzes, 24 preludes, 21 nocturnes, 3 piano sonatas, 2 piano concertos, 4 ballades, and many more brilliant works that makes one appreciate the … Continue reading

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