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CHAMBER MUSIC
intimate, intense, and arguably the most musical fun to be had



Chamber music is truly the most socially exquisite and democratic activity in which musicians, professional and amateur, can participate. One's level of skill matters not. Get together with a couple of friends and make music. Even Kings have participated with lesser mortals. It just doesn't get any better than this.

Goethe described the playing of a quartet as "four rational people conversing." And indeed, the conversational style is most prevalent in chamber music with one instrument speaking, then another, then a third. it is delightfully courteous musical form and just plain makes you feel good, unless of course there is disagreement on how something should be played which can happen even in the best of all possible worlds.

But whether we are talking about sonatas for piano and one other instrument, piano trios, piano quartets or piano quintets, it is all music in which the piano plays a princely role. If one loves the piano, as I do, how can one not be thrilled by the versatility of this magnificent instrument in consort with others?

In this section we will enjoy comparing specific works of chamber music, much as we do in the interpretation section. Again the differences of approach can be huge. And as so many of the great composers achieved their finest hour in their chamber works, often much less well known than their major works for solo piano or orchestra, I hope this will bring the joys of discovery to many of you. 


Arensky Piano Trio in D minor Op 32 

Beethoven Piano Trio 7 Op 97 "Archduke" 

Brahms Piano Quartet 1 in G minor Op 25 

Brahms Piano Quintet in F minor Op 34 

Brahms Piano Trios Op 8 / Op 87 / Op 101 

Brahms Trio for piano, violin and horn in E flat Major Op 40 

Chausson Concerto for violin, piano & String Quaret 

Dvořák Piano Trio 3 in F minor Op 65 

Dvořák Piano Quintet in A Major Op 81 

Fauré Piano Quintet 1 in c minor Op 15 

Hindemith Violin Sonata 3 in E (1935) 

Rachmaninov Cello Sonata in G minor Op 19 

Schumann Piano Trio 1 in D minor Op 63 

Schumann Piano Quartet in E flat Major Op 47 

Schumann Piano Quintet in E flat Major Op 44 

Shostakovich Piano Quintet in G minor, Op. 57 

Tchaikovsky Piano Trio in A minor Op 50









For those of you who enjoy murder mysteries, here is my first with a strong musical polemic as background

Murder in the House of the Muse

which is also available as an audiobook.



And this is the more recently published second mystery in the series:

Murder Follows the Muse



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