The New York Times called Joseph Smith’s playing “eloquent.” He is particularly known for presenting neglected works through performances, recordings, articles, broadcasts, and editions. Smith also gives lecturerecitals for a wide variety of organizations.

"Kamarinskaya” from Tchaikovsky’s Album for the Young

What exactly is a "kamarinskaya"? (The word is pronounced with an accent on the second syllable—ka MA rinskaya.) In his Album for the Young, Tchaikovsky* gives each piece both a Russian and a French title. In French, he identifies his Kamarinskaya as a Chanson populaire—a folk song. But the kamarinskaya is certainly not a "song" (just try to sing i...
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Bartók's Rhapsody from For Children

​The eight-some pieces in Bartók's  ​For Children ​, based on Hungarian and Slovakian folk tunes and intended for young learners, cover a considerable range of difficulty. Because finding pieces of musical substance at the early levels is difficult, it is understandable that the simplest of these are the best known (the showy "Swineherd's...
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Repertoire: Grieg “Sailor’s Song”

I ​didn't begin my piano studies until I was eleven. As a result, I can recall my first reactions to every piece I studied—yes, every piece! (Not just how the piece sounded to me, but also how it felt under my fingers, what confused me, what was difficult…) One of my earliest "real" pieces was Grieg's "Sailor's Song" from Lyric Pieces , Op. 68, No....
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Solfeggio in C minor (Wq. 117/2, H. 220), by Carl Phillip Emanuel Bach

First, what are we to call the composer of this well-loved piece? Sometimes his first name is given as "Carl," sometimes as "Karl," and thus his initials are sometimes "C.P.E." and sometimes "K.P.E." He spelled his name "Carl," so only misguided chauvinism can account for some German sources giving the more Teutonic "Karl." In fact, however, he ans...
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