Composers

A Brief History of Handel, the Big Opera Master

Bach and Handel are often tied together in a discussion of Baroque music – they were both masters of music, both German-born, both wildly popular – and they were even born the same year, in 1685. We’ve already done a brief history video on Bach, so definitely check that out – he’s one of my…

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The Four Seasons by Vivaldi: Summer [PROGRAM MUSIC]

Since it’s currently summertime, I wanted to take this opportunity to delve into The Four Seasons by Vivaldi, specifically the “summer” movement. This is a Baroque-era concerto in a set of four concerto, each with its own season/theme: spring, summer, autumn and winter. This will be a long-running series – each season I am going…

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Debussy’s Deux arabesques [simple piano guide]

In today’s episode of PianoTV, we’re going to be taking a quick look at Debussy’s Deux Arabesques. These two arabesques are short and simple in format, but enduringly popular and gorgeous (particularly the first one).

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Chopin vs. Liszt: Teaching style showdown

Chopin and Liszt, two wildly popular Romantic-era composers, could best be described as “frenemies”. They were both excellent pianists who were wildly revered, but were basically different in every way. Liszt was all flair and virtuosity; Chopin was delicate and subtle, seldom playing louder than a mezzo forte.

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The Easiest Rachmaninoff Pieces for Piano (and the most difficult)

Today we’re looking at the easiest Rachmaninoff pieces for piano. It’s our latest installment for the “easiest of” series. We’ve done many other composers, including Chopin, Liszt, Beethoven, and Debussy, but haven’t yet talked about the easiest Rachmaninoff pieces. Mainly because the idea of “easy” Rachmaninoff is kind of a joke!

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A Brief History of Rachmaninoff

In today’s video, we’ll be talking about the history of Rachmaninoff. I had to learn how to pronounce his name for this video! We’ll talk about his life, music and personality. Let’s jump right in!

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