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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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“You Vill Zank me Zomeday”

It was the Banff scholarship which finally ended my father’s promise to match the value of any award I  won.   It was a six-week summer session at the Banff School of Fine Arts and included everything but the plane fare.   … 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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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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Little Lilt

This is a charming and very simple little waltz.  There are only four  chords in the left hand, which makes it very easy to concentrate on the right hand melody.     The melody is composed of a series of “drop … Continue reading

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Ivanka … A Little Russian Song

This is a lovely little melody written in E minor which recalls some of the old Russian folk songs.   Written with only three chords in the left hand, it allows the student to concentrate on the right hand melody which … Continue reading

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“America the Beautiful”

     In some twenty years of teaching piano, I encountered only two students who refused to learn to read the notes.  The first one was a precociously pretty teenager with perfectly manicured nails which she clicked on the keys like castanets.  She … Continue reading

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Petite Gigue

    This is a lively little piece written in the style of a popular baroque dance which had its origins with the British jig.   Bach wrote many of these delightful pieces.   The main difficulty is the typically baroque  “non-stop” … Continue reading

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