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Amy Beach "Romance" for Violin and Piano 

In looking for some new music to work on this year, I stumbled across this piece on youtube.  I have always loved Amy Beach, having become acquainted with her songs for singers in college.  This Romance for Violin and Piano is just divine.  Enjoy!


The Complete Collaborator 

Martin Katz, pianist-accompanist-collaborator extraordinaire, has a new book out!  And thanks to Amazon.com, it arrived in my mailbox last week!  I am thrilled to be the new owner of The Complete Collaborator: The Pianist as Partner and am trying to savour it bit by bit rather than devour it in a single sitting as I am apt to do.  The book has a companion website where you can download and stream the musical examples.  Ingenious!  It's like taking an at-home accompanying course (or should I say…Read more

To School or Not to School? 

Though probably not grammatically correct, that is the question I am pondering right now.  Is graduate school in my future? 

I have my bachelor's of music degree in piano performance and have always been intrigued by the prospect of graduate school.  I have researched schools from time to time, applied to a couple, and was even accepted to one and offered a graduate assistantship, but for various reasons I never actually took the plunge.  Now, after over 10 years of freelancing and, more recently,…Read more

The Collaborative Piano Blog 

I didn't know there was such a thing until tonight: a collaborative piano blog!  I found some good resources to print out, among them:

How to Get Work as a Freelance Collaborative Pianist
10+1 Ways to Advertise Your Services as a Collaborative Pianist
Recital Fee Question
9 Places to Connect Online With Other Pianists
Piano Quartet Lists and Resources
Christopher Foley's Resume (pianist, creator of the above-mentioned blog)

And...The Musician's Resume Handbook from Eastman School of Music! 

I am so excited to…Read more

Online Resources for Chamber Music 

I have been so excited this week to discover several amazing resources for downloadable sheet music and audio files of chamber music:

The Petrucci Music Library:  "Our goal is to create a virtual library containing all public domain music scores, as well as scores from composers who are willing to share their music with the world without charge."

The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum:  "In our music library, you'll find free classical music sorted by performer and composer, featuring performances recorded live…Read more