BRIAN MARKS is Associate Professor of Piano and Director of Keyboard Studies at Baylor University. He holds the DMA and MM degrees from the University of Texas at Austin. In addition to being active as a performer and presenter, Dr. Marks’s research interests include the music of Chopin and the pedagogy of sight-reading.

THE FANTAISIE-IMPROMPTU’S FORGOTTEN COMPANION: Ferdinand Hiller’s Hommage à Baroness d’Este

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 Ferdinand Hiller (1811–1885) is not a name often recognized today, but he was well known as a composer, pianist, and conductor in his day. He spent the early years of his career in Paris and became a close friend to Frédéric Chopin when the latter moved to that glittering cultural capital in the early 1830s. The two young composers shared a s...
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