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How I got to love Szymanowski’s Variations in B-flat minor, Op. 3

Posted By ArielLanyi on Music

http://feedproxy.google.com - Many of the works I ended up playing, or just works that became some of my favorites, I initially didn’t quite like or understand. Sometimes, I decide to play a piece as soon as I hear it. At other times, however, a work may fail to arouse my interest at first hearing, but then I […]The post How I got to love Szymanowski’s Variations in B-flat minor, Op. 3 appeared first on Music for 2 Keyboards.

Why is Brahms’s Op. 76 cycle so seldom played?

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http://feedproxy.google.com - The next three posts are about Brahms’s cycle of Eight Piano Pieces, Op. 76. Published in 1879, it marked a beginning and an end for Brahms: the end of a hiatus in writing for piano solo and the beginning of Brahms’s new style of writing for piano, where cycles of small miniatures supplanted the earlier […]The post Why is Brahms’s Op. 76 cycle so seldom played? appeared first on Music for 2 Keyboards.

Brahms’s Op. 76 cycle: A study in idleness?

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http://feedproxy.google.com - Some years ago, in a masterclass with the renowned American pianist and teacher Jerome Lowenthal, I played Rachmaninoff’s beautiful E-flat minor Étude-Tableaux Op. 39/5. After I finished playing, he pointed his finger at the first page and asked me: “Harmonically, what’s going on here?” Although I thought I was quite adept in harmony, I found […]The post Brahms’s Op. 76 cycle: A study in idleness? appeared first on Music for 2 Keyboards.

Brahms’s Op. 76 cycle: An entangled ending to an entangled story

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http://feedproxy.google.com - Anyone who wishes to listen to Tchaikovsky’s Pathetique Symphony without hearing any applause between the third movement and the mournful finale should probably look for a studio recording, as applauding after the third movement has become an established tradition, so much so that one finds it hard to imagine the beginning of the Adagio lamentoso preceded by […]The post Brahms’s Op. 76 cycle: An entangled ending to an entangled story appeared first on Music for 2 Keyboards.

Bemusement and unlikeliness in Beethoven’s Diabelli variations

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http://feedproxy.google.com - Were we to walk in on a performance of the Diabelli Variations as the ninth variation comes to its melodramatic end and the pianissimo figures that open the tenth variation start trickling down the keyboard, we would not be too far off if guessing that what we hear is a transcription of a finale to an act […]The post Bemusement and unlikeliness in Beethoven’s Diabelli variations appeared first on Music for 2 Keyboards.

Beethoven’s Diabelli Variations and the effect of physicality

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http://feedproxy.google.com - Many of our most beloved works are experienced by listeners and musicians on emotional and mental levels. The two are not in the least contradictory, and we can admire one work for its moving melodiousness and another for its architectural qualities. How often, though, are we physically enthralled by a work of music? Are there […]The post Beethoven’s Diabelli Variations and the effect of physicality appeared first on Music for 2 Keyboards.

Speculative Fiction: The Core City

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https://www.satyrcentral.com - I wrote this for a class, but I basically used it as a world building assignment for a book I had once considered writing (and will now use the idea to post short stories from that universe to the site). The main civilization, The Core City is the biggest city in the world and is the home to the most powerful entrepreneurs, politicians, and royalty/aristocrats. It’s also home to some of the most downtrodden outsiders. Think New York, but with magic and stuff.

Instead of humans, the dominant species in Genesis are the Crux, a species of human-like magical beings who are made of and exist solely for magic and power. The kind of magic or “Gift” that one is born with is typically determined by genetics.

Year of the Rabbit

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https://infinitehoroscopes.com - The graciousand well-mannered Rabbit occupies the fourth sign of the Chinese Zodiac.  Twelve animals raced to cross the finish lineaccording to the Zodiac legend. During the race, the Rabbit experiencedhardship when he came across the river. He watched helplessly as the Rat, Oxand Tiger swam across the river with ease. Fortunately, he saw a dumped raftnear the riverbank and thought he would use the raft to cross the river indelight. Nevertheless, the spirited, careful Rabbit had not expected the suddenwind rush that threatened to blow him into the water. Entirely determined tocross the river, the Rabbit resiliently paddled away on the raft. However, whatseemed like a little hurricane came speeding towards him almost tipping theraft over living the Rabbit hanging on for its dear life.