Category Archives: Putting the Joy back into Music

Parents and Piano Recitals

By now my loyal readers should be well ware of my feelings regarding piano recitals. But search tags leading readers to this site, repeatedly show people inquiring about those  recitals.  I’ve had queries about suitable piano pieces, how to prepare … Continue reading

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Piano Exercises … Yes or No

Scales and arpeggios.   Schmitt, Plaidy, Pischna, and Hanon …  the list is a daunting one and almost every teacher is familiar with the task of administering this “medicine” to all her students.  Those fingers must be strengthened and evenness … Continue reading

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Little Katy …. The Second Lesson

Like so many of life’s lessons, the one taught to me by the little marihuana plant didn’t come to fruition until later.   About three years later. When my marriage ended, I returned to Montreal and my little condo.  Shaken by the upheaval … Continue reading

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Victor Borge … “The Page-Turner” … Classy Classic Comedy

 Victor Borge   “I only know two pieces;  one is Clair de Lune and the other one isn’t” Victor Borge is probably one of the most beloved comedians of the twentieth century.  He was born in 1909 in Copenhagen where his … Continue reading

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“Big Hands” … An Hilarious Spoof by Igudesman and Joo

Okay …  I confess.   I have a weakness for superb musicians who toss decorum to the winds while they indulge in a good prank.  I loved Victor Borge years ago and now this dazzling pair are bringing back some of the fun … Continue reading

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Teaching … the Sacred Path

I remember the day the piano was delivered to our home.   Two husky men hauled it into our living room and unwrapped yards of brown canvas to reveal a shiny brown Willis upright which Mom later informed me had cost an … Continue reading

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“Chicken Dance” … Putting the Fun Into Rameau

Okay ….  I have to come clean here.   I’m a specialist in Baroque music and to say I’m an afficionado of music of that era is understating the fact.   A few moments of beautifully rendered Bach, Rameau or Zipoli is enough … Continue reading

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Zipoli … A Lovely Baroque Piece

I am fascinated by Domenico  Zipoli … Zipoli was a Baroque composer born in Italy in 1688.   At the age of 28 in spite of a prospering career as a composer in Rome,  he left Italy for Seville where he joined … Continue reading

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Hallelujah … A Heart-Warmer

   Sometimes something moves one to tears.   A fragment of beauty or a moment of pure sweetness.   This YouTube clip is one such event.   Filmed by a teacher in Quinhagaka, a small village school in Alaska, it encompasses all my dreams … Continue reading

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