Piano Concerto No. 5 in E Flat Major, Op. 73: II. Adagio un poco moto

If you’ve been following this blog for a while, you’ll notice I feature a piece of classical music each Sunday. The practice developed from a suggestion one of my brothers made a couple of years ago to feature classical pieces more often. And if you’ve really been watching and listening, you’ll know I’m partial toContinue reading “Piano Concerto No. 5 in E Flat Major, Op. 73: II. Adagio un poco moto”

Melody

I have been thinking a lot about the people of Ukraine as the Russian aggression continues. We see the Ukrainian people’s indomitable spirit and examples of the worldwide support being offered to them during this horrific time. Yesterday afternoon, the Ukrainian Canadian Congress held a rally at the Manitoba Legislative Building. Organizers say about 5,000Continue reading “Melody”

Nocturne No. 20 in C Sharp Minor, Op. Posth.

One can discover a lot about history by reading various articles related to a piece of music and those who wrote or have played it. Polish-Jewish author, composer and pianist Wladyslaw Szpilman (1911-2000) wrote The Pianist, a memoir of the Holocaust, in 1946. His book was the basis for Roman Polanski’s 2002 biographical drama filmContinue reading “Nocturne No. 20 in C Sharp Minor, Op. Posth.”

New Year’s Day

Happy New Year, and welcome to 2021. This blog will be one year old in a few days, and I’m looking forward to sharing more music with you, each day this year. It might be a corny choice for today to pick “New Year’s Day,” the lead single from Irish band U2’s 1983 album, War.Continue reading “New Year’s Day”

Symphony No. 3, Op. 36, III: Lento – Cantabile Semplice

Today I ponder on the eve of the eighth anniversary of one of the pivotal days of my life: the day our dear friends’ daughter was killed along with 27 other people: children, educators, the killer’s mother and himself in two incidents (at a home and a school). Upon returning to my office from aContinue reading “Symphony No. 3, Op. 36, III: Lento – Cantabile Semplice”

Concerto For Piano and Orchestra No. 2 in F Minor, Op.21, II: Larghetto

Many have probably heard piano works by Polish composer and pianist Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849, born Fryderyk Franciszek Chopin), without even knowing the music is by him. For example, the opening chords of the third movement of his Piano Sonata No. 2, known as the “Funeral March,” are often used as music to create a senseContinue reading “Concerto For Piano and Orchestra No. 2 in F Minor, Op.21, II: Larghetto”