Richard Zimdars is Despy Karlas Professor of Piano in the Hugh Hodgson School of Music at the University of Georgia. His students hold college teaching positions in the U.S., Canada, Brazil, and South Korea. Zimdars’ translations titled The Piano Master Classes of Franz Liszt and The Piano Master Classes of Hans von Bülow are published by Indiana U...niversity Press. His discography includes solo and chamber works by Ives, Copland, Cowell, Rudhyar, and Harris. Albany records recently released his latest album with solo works of Persichetti, Druckman, and Richter. More

November/December 2018: Poetry Corner

Contributing Editor, Richard Zimdars Poem by Howard Nemerov Lines & Circularities On hearing Casals' recording of the Sixth Suite Deep in a time that cannot come again Bach thought it through, this lonely and immense Reflexion wherein our sorrows learn to dance. And deep in the time that cannot come again Casals recorded it. Playing it bac...
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Two Pianists in Time of War

War requires many adjustments by the populations of the countries involved, and musicians are not immune from these circumstances. The lives of two pianists, one who lived during World War I and the other during the Korean War, illustrate the pressures placed upon individuals. communities, and societies. November 11, 2...
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July/August 2018: Poetry

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Homage to John Cage Silence is so accurate.  — Mark Rothko   Light through vaulted windows, the shadows of elms in wind. On stage, the pianist, hands in his lap. Still. The shadows strumming his face, his hands. Four minutes and thirty-three seconds of silence so you may hear the music of conditioned air through vents, rustling clothes, t...
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March/April 2018: Poetry Corner: Gradus Ad Parnassum

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Oh I know If I'd practiced the piano I'd never be so low As I now am Where's Sylvia Beerman? Married, rich and cool In New Rochelle She was nobody's fool, She didn't write in verse She hardly wrote at all She rose she didn't fall She never gave a damn But got up early To practise Gradus Ad Parnassum—she Feels fine. I know. American poet Muriel Ruke...
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Poetry Corner

Brahms: Waltz [Op. 39, No. 15] As the departing soul looks down upon the earth and its gaze sweeps the grass, takes in the house where time still lingers among tasks left undone: so the hands hover once more over the keys, and the melody, full of outworn desire, repeats itself before it is extinguished. — Norman Finkelstein "Brahms: Waltz [Op. 39, ...
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