Composers

Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Op. 61

In today’s video we’re going to be having a look at Mendelssohn’s incidental music for “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”, op. 61. It contains fourteen movements (including an overture and ending), and was created to be the background music to the famous Shakespeare play. Mendelssohn’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”: Backstory Mendelssohn composed the incidental music for…

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The Music of Mendelssohn: Five Favorites

In today’s video, we’ll be looking at the music of Mendelssohn. I’ve chosen five selections that should give you a good taste of his range and style. We’ll start by talking a little about Mendelssohn’s style, and then jump right into the five different compositions, talking about each, and – as always – listening to…

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The Hardest Piano Music Ever: Beethoven Edition

Hi friends! We’re back with another edition of “The Hardest Piano Music Ever”, which spotlights fiendishly difficult piano music. This is as complicated as it gets, the pinnacle of achievement. 99.99% of all piano players will not play this music. Some might try, but most will fail. And on that depressing note, let’s have a…

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A Brief History of Felix Mendelssohn

A Brief History of Felix Mendelssohn Felix Mendelssohn was a Romantic-era composer who lived a short but productive life. He tends to be lesser-known than giants like Chopin or Liszt, but composed some beautiful music well-worth learning as a pianist, or listening to as a music enthusiast. In the next month or two, we’ll be…

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The Easiest Mendelssohn Pieces for Piano (Intermediate/Advanced)

Like we’ve done with so many other composers, we’re going to discuss the easiest Mendelssohn pieces today. We’re going to look at the first of his piano compositions you can get into if you’re looking to get into his music. Mendelssohn’s piano music starts at an intermediate level, so beginners might want to look elsewhere.…

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The Easiest Grieg Pieces to Start Trying on the Piano [Guide]

Like we’ve done with so many other composers, we’re going to discuss the easiest Grieg pieces today. We’re going to look at the first of his piano compositions you can start with if you’re an intermediate student. We’ll talk about what specific pieces are the easiest – the easiest we’ll talk about today is Grade…

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A Brief History of Edvard Grieg

In today’s episode we’ll be talking about none other than Edvard Grieg. Grieg was a Romantic-era composer (the same time period as Liszt and Chopin) who has a few really important compositions, but he tends to be lesser-known, especially to non-pianists. In today’s video we’re going to get into the nitty-gritty on his life and…

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The Best Music of Grieg [4 favorites]

In today’s video we’re going to take a look at the best music of Grieg. We’ll talk about some favorites and listen through some examples to get you started with this composer. Over the next couple of months we’ll be discussing the composer Edvard Grieg. He was a Romantic-era composer, often overlooked when compared to…

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Beethoven’s Fur Elise: The “Stairway to Heaven” of Piano

In today’s episode of PianoTV, we’re going to be talking about Bagatelle no. 25 in A minor (WoO 59) by Beethoven – but it goes by the much more common name of “Fur Elise”. This is one of Beethoven’s most famous pieces, and arguably the most famous piano piece of all time. It’s been a…

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Handel’s Water Music: A Baroque Concert Masterpiece

In today’s video, we’re going to take a closer look at Handel’s Water Music suite. We’ve looked at another composition by Handel before – the Hallelujah chorus from his oratorio Messiah, so definitely check that out if you want some more Handel.

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