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Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata, First Movement, Amplified

Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata, First Movement, Amplified

The first movement of Beethoven’s “Moonlight” Sonata is always a source of great delight and fascination. As a Steinway artist and a teacher, I have played and taught this piece—more formerly known as the first movement of Beethoven’s Sonata No. 14 in C-sharp Minor—so many times.

The Chopin Prelude in E Minor Amplified

The Chopin Prelude in E Minor Amplified

With its simple melody, haunting harmonies, and space for liberal use of tempo rubato, the Prelude in E Minor is one of Chopin’s most beautiful compositions—one that gives the student a wonderful work to perform, while also teaching the pianist a great deal about finesse and interpretation.

A Fresh Approach Amidst Piano Competitions for Adults

A Fresh Approach Amidst Piano Competitions for Adults

Every year in musical capitals around the globe, such as Paris, Berlin, and Washington DC, amateur pianists stride onto brightly lit stages, take their seats at concert grands, and play before a panel of judges with the hope of garnering a prize.