Winter Blossoms at the Piano

Christmas Day, 2013: one of the three quiet days of the year, the others being Read More »

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Soon

At age 70, having practiced since I was 7, performed in public from age Read More »

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Time and Space at the Piano

In practicing, if we come up short in a jump—playing an octave and a seventh when it should be two octaves—we try to correct by Read More »

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Hammer and Anvil

My action’s too heavy, so playing’s a fight.
It gives me bad dreams of both left hand and right.
Are those hammers out there at the ends of the shanks? Read More »
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1 A.M. Long Ago

On hold with Google, October 16, 2013, 2:30 PM: Music went from middle of a phrase of “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring” to Read More »

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Left Hand, Meet Right Hand

I was practicing Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier I, Prélude V in my second-favorite room at Read More »

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No Piano in the House

“Pianodectomy”? Piano-sectomy? -nectomy? -ectomy? What do you call the removal of the parts of yourself Read More »

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When is 24 bits not 24 bits?

This is nerd stuff, for those who get into the technical side of audio. For non-nerds, the takeaway is simply Read More »

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Mini-Concerts, Maxi-Results

I wondered if playing and talking informally with students on campuses I visited might build audiences Read More »

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Pianos, Unlike Furniture, Need…

Pianos are in lousy shape
No matter where we look!
In colleges and ladies clubs,
In churches and recital halls, Read More »
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