On “Cruel ragtime” and Chopin nocturnes

Sometimes musical kinship between two vastly different composers isn’t readily apparent until you start practicing for a concert that you’ve programmed them on.  One wouldn’t naturally find similarities between the madcap William Albright and Frederic Chopin, considering that a good … Continued

On Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition

Pictures at an Exhibition is probably Mussorgsky’s most popular work, though he never had the satisfaction of knowing that.  Plagued by severe depression, the composer basically drank himself to an early death at age 42, leaving many works unrevised for publication. … Continued

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