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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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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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“Emperor” – Beethoven’s Last Piano Concerto

Ludwig van Beethoven’s (1770-1827) Piano Concerto no. 5 in E-flat major, op. 73, “Emperor” begins and ends much like Beethoven lived his life—brilliant, passionate, with a grand entrance and thrilling exit. In 1809, Beethoven was ready to leave Vienna, but … Continue reading

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