Hello Chopin Waltzes

Last Updated on 2022-11-28 | Originally Posted on 2020-02-06

Introduction

I just kicked off the fourth year of offering classical piano repertoire to conclude worship at First Methodist of Bella Vista. Piano Postludes happens every three months, during the months of February, May, August, and November. For four weeks during each of those months I play pieces according to a common theme. You can get a feel for what I’ve done in past years of Piano Postludes, but this year it’s all about Chopin! As in, Hello Chopin Waltzes! All 17 of them.

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Auf Wiedersehen Bach WTC Book One

Last Updated on 2023-01-22 | Originally Posted on 2019-11-24

Introduction

I’m sure that the majority of the congregation where I work in Bella Vista, Arkansas, are not even aware of this occasion. On February 4, 2018, I played the First Prelude and Fugue in C Major from the Well-Tempered Clavier, Book One, by J.S. Bach at First Methodist. The prelude has been quoted by other composers through the centuries, including Charles Gounod in his setting of the Ave Maria. Today I complete that journey with the Twenty-Fourth Prelude and Fugue in B minor. It’s my way to say Auf Wiedersehen Bach WTC Book One!

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Music Apps for Beginners

Last Updated on 2024-03-19 | Originally Posted on 2019-07-25

Summary

Several years ago, I set out to find music apps I could heartily recommend to my beginners. Two of the biggest challenges for beginners are on-the-staff reading and rhythm, so I was looking to find the best app for each. I also wanted to find the best metronome app, for those that prefer an app to owning a stand-alone metronome.

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Bitten by the Bach Bug

Last Updated on 2024-02-17 | Originally Posted on 2018-02-02

This winter, I have not suffered any type of cold or flu that is going around. However, I have been bitten by another bug, that of the long-dead composer, J.S. Bach. I was reading an article on the New York Times website about András Schiff, the Hungarian/British pianist whom I first saw perform at Tanglewood when I was a teenager. The article mentioned how Schiff had recently played the entire Bach Well-Tempered Clavier, Book One, a set of 24 preludes and fugues written in every major and minor key.

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