A SITE FOR THE
ULTIMATE PIANO CONNOISSEUR




When I started this website, I had it in mind to deal with everything that was the classical piano. But in the 4 years since I began this odyssey I have discovered many things, not the least of which is what interests me most. And so, I will continue to offer pages on great pianists and composers of the past and present, I will continue my advocacy of wonderful women pianists, and I will continue my exploration of comparative interpretation of favorite music for piano.

Of all of these, I am perhaps most passionate about presenting specific works performed by many different pianists. I believe that until one has gotten past the performance and interpretation through which one fell in love with a piece of music, and heard it played by numerous pianists, each of whom with his own vision and understanding of what the music has to say, one does not really know the music but only the music as interpreted by a particular pianist. Holding on to that performance as an absolute standard prevents one from hearing all that the music has to offer and worse, prevents one from enjoying the often fascinating and exhilarating different approaches other pianists take in interpreting the same music.

Do I have favorites? You bet I do. Do they change? Absolutely. Are there some interpretations that I do not like or enjoy? Yes, and I am not loathe to say so. But the purpose of this site is not to criticize, rather to celebrate this wonderful instrument, the music that has been composed for it, and the people who play it so beautifully.

As I said, the creation of this website has been, and continues to be, an odyssey. And like Odysseus, I landed on an island for an adventure that was unrelated to my original quest. I took time off to write a novel, a murder mystery with a musical polemic. In the end, this adventure turned out to be an inevitable and important part of my musical journey. I have written what I am told is quite a good book, entertaining and informative, and to those for whom the performance of music is as critically important to their own quality of life as it is to mine, it is an important book. I take the liberty of adding access to it on the pages of this site in the hope that it will be read and enjoyed by many.
























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Great Classical Pianists
Great Classical Pianists - great classical pianists of the last 250 years
Great Women Pianists
A celebration of the Great Women Pianists
Interpretation
Interpretation - Head to head comparison of numerous interpretations of specific works for the piano
Great Composers Play
Great Composers Play their own music for piano and those of others
Great Classical Pianist Composers
Great Classical Composers of Music for the Piano who lived before the age of recording
Piano Concerto
Piano Concerto - a state of blissfull turmoil
The Left Hand Alone
Great Piano Music for the Left Hand Alone: The spoils of war
Four Hands
Four Hands - The wonderful world of music for two pianists
Chamber Music
Chamber Music
The Piano Accompanist
The Piano Accompanist - often neglected, they are often the sine qua non of a great performance
Master Class
Attend a master class: learn what to listen for and improve your playing
Is it Music ?
Is It Music ? - or is it not? And why.
Contributing Editors
Contributing Editors - articles, reviews and other contributions by guest pianists, musicians and others
Indulge Me
Indulge Me is all about musical whims and passions.
About Me
About Me - who I am and why I am doing this
Let me know what you think
Enough about me, let's talk about you. What do you think of my dress.
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links to valuable sites for piano concerts, how to play the piano, and other related topics
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