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The Music Post: Piano Weekly
12 minutes | Apr 25, 2020
4.4: Concerto Grosso for sextet and Bach Contrapunctus 11
A sextet prelude, composed in lockdown by yours truly, recorded and synced with the members of Kassia Music, and Bach's Contrapunctus 11 from the Art of Fugue.
12 minutes | Apr 19, 2020
4.3: Tribute to my late teacher Irena Orlov
Today would have been my former teacher's birthday. Today, I share a Prelude and Fugue composed in her honor, plus an elegy for those affected by the pandemic
15 minutes | Apr 12, 2020
4.2: Bach's Syncopations and a Quarantine Prelude
A prelude by me, inspired by Gabriela Montero, followed by a close look at the hidden rhythms in one of Bach's most famous pieces, the Prelude in C from the Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1.
17 minutes | Apr 5, 2020
4.1: Marc Chan's Fugues
A prelude by me, followed by a conversation with composer Marc Chan, and his fugue on the Disney theme "My Own Home" from the Jungle Book.
5 minutes | Mar 31, 2020
3.12: Ragtime Toccata #2
Ragtime toccata #2, composed and recorded in 2019
3 minutes | Mar 30, 2020
3.11: Shostakovich Prelude in C
The first Prelude from Shostakovich's set of 24 Preludes and Fugues
5 minutes | Mar 27, 2020
3.10: Gigue from "Syncopated Suite"
Last movement from a 2019 Suite in Neo-Baroque style
3 minutes | Mar 26, 2020
3.9: Pastoral Etude (Nikolai Kapustin)
Studio recording of the Pastoral Etude, Op. 40, #6 by Nikolai Kapustin
3 minutes | Mar 25, 2020
3.8: Improvisation (on the state of the world)
It's been a rough couple of days for me, for the country, for the world. A lament in music.
6 minutes | Mar 24, 2020
3.7: Prelude and Fugue in C# minor (Bach)
From the extreme of jubilance to the extreme of melancholy and frustration, to match my dire mood after Monday's news. J.S. Bach's Prelude and Fugue in C# Minor from the Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1, recorded live in performance from Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, in 2019.
5 minutes | Mar 23, 2020
3.6: Leapfrog Rag
Music for you every day of the week. Today: One of my first ragtime compositions from 2015, performed live in 2019.
3 minutes | Mar 20, 2020
3.5: "Social Distancing," a song inspired by our new reality
Music for you every day of the week. Today: A new song (and how-to) inspired by the world's (suddenly) most common phrase.
3 minutes | Mar 19, 2020
3.4: Prelude and Fugue in D major (Bach WTC 1)
Music for you every day of the week. Today: J.S. Bach's Prelude and Fugue in D major from the Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1, recorded live in performance from Bethlehem, Pennsylvania in 2019.
2 minutes | Mar 18, 2020
3.3: Meditation #2: Seeking a Higher Power
Music for you every day of the week. Today: Meditation #2: Seeking a Higher Power, recorded live in performance from Bethlehem, Pennsylvania in 2019.
5 minutes | Mar 17, 2020
3.2: Chorale Toccata
Music for you every day of the week. Today: Chorale Toccata #1, from September 2019, composed and performed by me.
2 minutes | Mar 16, 2020
Music Post 3.1: Daily dose of music
A short piece of music for you every day of the week to help keep the music alive during the pandemic. Starting today with "Skip: A Baroque-Ragtime Prelude," from February 2020.
22 minutes | May 4, 2017
#25: Improv with Carlos part 2: Embracing it
Guest pianist Carlos Cesar Rodriguez joins me again to share his remarkable talent for and insights into improvisation, while I challenge him to make it more a part of his regular concert fare. He improvises an Ives-ian accompaniment to the "Battle Hymn of the Republic" (featuring tenor Peter Joshua Burroughs) and we take turns improvising over William Bolcom's Graceful Ghost Rag.
28 minutes | Mar 21, 2017
#24: Red River Valley and folk-modern-classical
Modern classical music has a reputation for atonality, that is, that it lacks the harmonic and melodic core that has shaped Western music for hundreds of years. In this episode we hear three of my very non-atonal piano pieces. They are rooted in a traditional harmonic and motivic system and draw on another tradition of classical music, borrowing from existing folk tunes. Can you figure out what the other two tunes are before I reveal? Listen in and see.
33 minutes | Mar 13, 2017
#23: Intimate Chopin
One of the (many, but principal) challenges of playing Chopin's music is finding room for expressiveness in intimacy. Ivan Moravec was on another level achieving this in his playing (as you'll hear!), but I take a crack at it too, and Eli Luberoff joins me for listening challenge and Post-listening (get it??) discussion. Along the way we get to know intimately Chopin's Op. 15, no. 2, along with a genuine Spotify mystery, before listening to a complete performance.
36 minutes | Mar 6, 2017
#22: Ari & Mia & me
Special guest Ariel Friedman joins me to share a sublime song of hers and ruminate on genre distinctions and crossover in the classical and folk music realms. We talk about Kinhaven (see episode 20), how she got started with her sister duo band (Ari & Mia), and how they and she have influenced me as a composer and musician through the years.
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