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Tzimon Barto and Aberrant Tempi in the Rach 3

I have always loved comparing recordings. When I was younger I used to buy new (and old) recordings of the same pieces to compare with the ones already in my collection. Three works I particularly loved to search out in … Continue reading

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Rachmaninoff Etude-Tableau Op.39 No.5, “Vocalise” & uncanny resemblances to Chopin Op.28, No.5

In a previous blog post, I listed some of the defining characteristics of the Rachmaninoff Style. Besides the ubiquitous use of mode mixture (turn to any page of the Second Piano Concerto or the Cello Sonata), the one characteristic that … Continue reading

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Rachmaninoff: “A Ghost in a World Grown Alien”

In these weeks between semesters, I have been preparing for an 8-week Special Topics course that I am about to co-teach. The topic my colleague and I have chosen is “Musical Outliers,” and our focus will be on three composers … Continue reading

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Rachmaninoff-ly Delicious

Here is an excerpt from the Preludio of Bach’s E major Partita for solo violin. Audio If you were composing a free piano arrangement of this passage, how would you go about it? Rachmaninoff went about it by writing what … Continue reading

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