Romantic

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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Chopin’s Nocturne in C Sharp Minor, op. posth. [analysis]

In today’s episode of PianoTV, we’re going to talk about Chopin’s Nocturne in C sharp minor, op. posth. B49. We’ll listen through examples and discuss the finer details – without getting too music jargon-y. Chopin wrote 21 nocturnes in his lifetime, between 1827-1846. To this day his nocturnes are considered to be some of the…

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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 Music of Rachmaninoff: 6 Favorites

In today’s video, we’re going to take a look at the music of Rachmaninoff – specifically, 6 favorites that I picked out. Some of these selections are among his most famous compositions, and others are ones that I personally quite enjoy. These six selections should give you a good understanding of Rachmaninoff’s sound and style.…

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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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