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Schumann op. 68 Album for the Young, complete review and study guide

Robert Schumann’s Opus 68, also known as the ‘Album for the Young’ is a collection of easy pieces for piano study. The German musician composed these pieces in 1848 for his daughters. For those who have been studying piano for at least a couple of years, playing some of these pieces can be very inspiring.…Continue readingSchumann op. 68 Album for the Young, complete review and study guide

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Milly Carla Mignone, a special Thursday with Bruno Lauzi

[Monday Notes No. 174] Milly Carla Mignone was an Italian singer and actress. Born in 1905, much of her career as an actress dates back to the first half of the 20th century, while her studio recordings date back to 1964, when she was therefore over forty years old. Although she was very strong in…Continue readingMilly Carla Mignone, a special Thursday with Bruno Lauzi

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Just Friends, a tritone interval for a love that has ended

[Monday Notes No. 173] Just Friends is a classic jazz standard from 1931, composed by John Klenner (music) and Sam M. Lewis (words). It is a song about a love that ended and became just a friendship. The piece is original in its lyrics but also in its melody, which repeatedly performs a descending tritone…Continue readingJust Friends, a tritone interval for a love that has ended

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La canzone di Marinella, a simple melody for Fabrizio De André

[Monday Notes No. 172] La canzone di Marinellais one of Fabrizio De André’s most famous pieces, and is also one of his earliest songs as it was composed in 1962. The lyrics of the song have been much studied, the Ligurian singer-songwriter in fact has his most original point in his lyrics. However, this piece…Continue readingLa canzone di Marinella, a simple melody for Fabrizio De André

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Digital or acoustic? How to choose your first piano

Have you decided to start playing the piano and are trying to figure out which piano to buy? Are you undecided between an acoustic piano and a keyboard or between different digital piano models? Here are some tips to help you decide which instrument is right for you.Continue readingDigital or acoustic? How to choose your first piano

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Blue In Green, the Impressionists’ painting… in jazz

[Monday Notes No. 171] Blue In Green is a track from Miles Davis’ famous album Kind Of Blue, released in 1959 and considered the most successful jazz album ever. Miles Davis wanted to explore modal jazz with this work, and helped to spread it among musicians and audiences alike. I tried to analyse the melody,…Continue readingBlue In Green, the Impressionists’ painting… in jazz

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Why do jazz musicians like Bach so much?

Of all European classical composers, the one who enjoys the greatest popularity among jazz musicians is certainly Johann Sebastian Bach. Let us try to answer this question: why do jazz musicians like Bach so much?Continue readingWhy do jazz musicians like Bach so much?

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In the Wee Small Hours, a concept album by Frank Sinatra

[Monday Notes n.170] In the Wee Small Hours is a 1955 Frank Sinatra album, with arrangements by Nelson Riddle. This work anticipates the concept albums of the 1960s and 1970s. It is in fact not a simple collection of songs, but a coherent and well-structured work, dealing with themes such as the end of a…Continue readingIn the Wee Small Hours, a concept album by Frank Sinatra

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On Piano Playing, Gyorgy Sandor and piano technique

On Piano Playing is a book by Hungarian pianist Gyorgy Sandor, published in 1981. Born in Budapest on Sept. 21, 1912, the pianist was a pupil of Béla Bartók and Zoltán Kodály and went on to become a concert pianist of international standing. Let us try to analyze his book and draw some useful lessons…Continue readingOn Piano Playing, Gyorgy Sandor and piano technique

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Hanon, The Virtuoso Pianist. When and how to study it

Hanon yes or no? Is it useful to study the 60 exercises of Hanon, The Virtuoso Pianist? In this lesson we will see when is the right time to start Hanon and how to study it correctly, avoiding wasting time but also working wrongly and risking injury.Continue readingHanon, The Virtuoso Pianist. When and how to study it

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