Nancy M. Williams, Founding Editor

The Bach French Suites Amplified

The Bach French Suites Amplified

Delve into the Bach French Suites by learning the romantic story behind the creation of the Baroque pieces and hearing from both sides of the pedal debate.

Debussy First Arabesque Amplified

Debussy First Arabesque Amplified

Deepen your interpretation of the Debussy First Arabesque with visual aids, tips for playing triplets against eighth notes, and comparisons to Bach’s music.

The Liszt Un Sospiro Amplified

The Liszt Un Sospiro Amplified

A closer look at the Liszt Un Sospiro reveals patterns in the rolling arpeggios, an Impressionistic quality, and some historical background on the piece.

What Happened When I Forgot My Music

What Happened When I Forgot My Music

Frazzled after forgetting her sheet music for a planned session at a Sing for Hope Piano in Central Park, Nancy M. Williams switches tacks and finds calm.

Piano Gone Missing

Piano Gone Missing

A news story about a missing grand piano brings to mind August Wilson’s 1990 play The Piano Lesson, about a family’s complex relationship with their piano.

Friends with Hearing Loss

Friends with Hearing Loss

Dinner with a fellow musician with hearing loss offers Nancy M. Williams communion and validation, while at the same time forcing her to face her fears.

Playing Outside on an Octopus Piano

Playing Outside on an Octopus Piano

Sing for Hope Pianos, all over New York in June 2013, gave songwriter Steven Turner the chance to perform his original compositions outside in Central Park.

The Debussy Clair de Lune Amplified

The Debussy Clair de Lune Amplified

The Debussy Clair de Lune, the most popular movement from Suite Bergamasque, holds poetry, emotional connection, and intriguing rhythms for these pianists.

A Frog Hop to the Bach Fugue in C

A Frog Hop to the Bach Fugue in C

Stephen Malinowski has created an entirely fresh approach for making Bach’s music visual. His videos break down contrapuntal voices into a digestible form.

Practicing in Performance Mode

Practicing in Performance Mode

Amateur pianist Nancy M. Williams makes the mistake of thinking piano practice with Schubert Sonata in A Major in so-called “performance mode” will be easy.

Deserting the Piano: A Personal Essay

The author imagines a piano in her home as a sulking, poisonous guest. Although the piano used to be her passion, she has not touched the keys in 25 years.

Chopin’s Raindrop Prelude Amplified

Chopin’s Raindrop Prelude Amplified

An in-depth look at the Chopin Raindrop Prelude, with its repeated A-flats and tempo rubato, offering multiple perspectives on technique and interpretation.

Hearing Health Affirmations

Hearing Health Affirmations

Do you have a hearing loss? Learn about how hearing health affirmations, positive declarations you make to yourself, can supplement traditional medicine.

Welcome to Grand Piano Passion™

Welcome to Grand Piano Passion™

Photo by Frank Schramm. Welcome to GRAND PIANO PASSION™. Two years ago, wanting to write about how reclaiming the piano had transformed my life, I launched a blog, calling it REFLECTIONS ON A GRAND PASSION™. Now, hundreds of articles and original videos later, I’m...