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Reviewing lesser-known pieces

Thoughts on a 6-hand set of variations for piano by Czerny

I’ve enjoyed listening to some of Carl Czerny’s serious works for a good while now, and while this piece isn’t one of his strictly ‘serious’ pieces, it’s a great load of fun with plenty of creativity. Variations Brilliantes sur un Theme de Bellini, Op. 297 This piece is a set of variations for 6-hands at […]

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Random thoughts

Scouring for sheet music far and wide in junk shops

Sheet music addicts, like I used to be (and still have tendencies towards), often have an insatiable need to forever grow their library. This is where junk shops, antique or whatever else you want to call them, can come in very handy to fulfil this need. After wandering in and out of many of these […]

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Rehoming abandoned sheet music

Recently I rehomed an abandoned sheet music book that had been lying around on a shelf for ages – an old Henle Urtext edition of some Schubert piano pieces. It was clearly lonely and wanting a new master, so I performed the honours and took care of it. On a more serious chord, I was […]

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Playing piano without tension

Struggling with tension in playing piano? (3rd Part)

Part 3: Concluding thoughts and my current situation Overall, my ‘injury’ was for the better. Not only was it pretty inevitable, given how much I was playing unwittingly with a tense approach, but it was the slap in the face that I needed to gain freedom of playing to prevent further excessive tension and vastly […]