Beethoven Meets Chopin

Beethoven Meets Chopin

If you know anything about classical composers then you ought to know that Beethoven and Chopin had nothing to do with each other. They are both magnificent composers in their own right, but they lived at different times, in different countries, and their music compositions fall into entirely different classical genres. Continue reading “Beethoven Meets Chopin”

Music inspired by Wartime

Music inspired by Wartime

Classic FM published a post last month exploring some of the most well known classical music inspired by wartime. The post featured twelve different pieces of music and a short commentary on each which are all fascinating to read. The whole article can be found on the Classic FM website. Continue reading “Music inspired by Wartime”

Another Super Lunchtime Concert in St James’s Church

Another Super Lunchtime Concert in St James’s Church

St James’s Church in Piccadilly holds regular lunchtime concerts. If you are ever in the London area then they are certainly worth a visit, especially as you don’t usually need a ticket to be admitted. This Friday there will be a lunchtime concert which is due to start at 1:10pm and will consist of some excellent playing from Phillip Leslie on the piano. Continue reading “Another Super Lunchtime Concert in St James’s Church”

A Digital Piano Helped Me Learn Chopin’s Revolutionary Etude

A Digital Piano Helped Me Learn Chopin’s Revolutionary Etude

When I was about twelve, I fell in love with Chopin’s Revolutionary Etude. It was one of the demo tracks on my mum’s Yamaha Clavinova, and I used to listen to it over and over again. Yamaha Clavinovas come with a book of music for all of the demo tracks on the piano, and I remember finding the Revolutionary Etude in the book and thinking how fiendishly difficult it was. Continue reading “A Digital Piano Helped Me Learn Chopin’s Revolutionary Etude”

Chopin For the Soul

Chopin For the Soul

Every pianist learns some Chopin. As a piano player, it’s just what you do. Some of the most fiendish studies available for the piano are those composed by Chopin. They take a love of learning and extreme technical prowess to master. Whether you are a total beginner or a professional, it is impossible not to appreciate the craftsmanship which went into the composition of these awe inspiring pieces of music. Continue reading “Chopin For the Soul”

Casio’s Youtube Star

To accompany Casio’s launch of the brand spanking new Casio CDP 130 digital piano is a pair of Youtube videos where we can see the new piano in action. We see a young, virtuosic pianist take to the ivories and play his heart out in both Chopin’s Etude opus number 25, number 11, otherwise known as ‘Winter Wind’, and Chopin’s Fantasie Impromptu Opus 66. The piano is set up in a red brick room and our mystery player is positioned in the middle of the space available wearing his casual (yet sleek) black suit jacket and a stony expression on his face. Casio's Youtube Sensation Continue reading “Casio’s Youtube Star”