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 University 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.

A Diary of Clara Schumann's Last Years of Teaching

Because of poor health, Clara Schumann (1819–1896) gave notice in February 1892 that she would no longer teach at the Frankfurt Conservatory. Her daughters Marie (1841–1929) and Eugenie (1851–1938) also left the conservatory at the same time. The next month Eugenie became ill and remained in a weakened state for severa...
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Spring 2019: Poetry Corner

Mouse IIToday I'm a mouseminute enoughto patter along the pedalsinto the pianoThe smell of this feltyou must realizeis something divineassailing our nosesover a distance of milesEagerlywe set about the hammersexploiting them to build our neststhen we nibble at the dampersuntil they stop dampingWhat's the point of dampers anywayWe field mice prefer ...
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January/February 2019: Poetry Corner

Contributing Editor: Richard ZimdarsPoem by Virginia Hamilton AdairThe Birds Preach to St. Francis[Variation on a Theme by Liszt] What could he tell them they did not already know? Their wings were beating the air like tongues at Pentecost, their beaks unrolling ribbons of fire. "Man," they chorused, "dip and dance as we do in the eddies of air. Wi...
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Book Review: A Dictionary for the Modern Pianist

​By Stephen Siek: Rowman & Littlefield, 2017, $89.98 After the excellent reception for his biography of Tobias Matthay (England's Piano Sage, Scarecrow Press, 2011), Stephen Siek took on a different challenge: writing a piano dictionary. The word "Modern" in Siek's title does not refer to pianists who play contemporary music, but...
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November/December 2018: Poetry Corner

Contributing Editor, Richard ZimdarsPoem by Howard NemerovLines & CircularitiesOn hearing Casals' recording of the Sixth SuiteDeep in a time that cannot come againBach thought it through, this lonely and immenseReflexion wherein our sorrows learn to dance.And deep in the time that cannot come againCasals recorded it. Playing it back,And be...
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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, 20...
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July/August 2018: Poetry

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

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Oh I knowIf I'd practiced the pianoI'd never be so lowAs I now amWhere's Sylvia Beerman?Married, rich and coolIn New RochelleShe was nobody's fool, She didn't write in verseShe hardly wrote at allShe rose she didn't fallShe never gave a damnBut got up early To practise GradusAd Parnassum—sheFeels fine. I know.American poet Muriel Rukeyser (1913-198...
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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, No. 1...
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Surveying the college job market

Surveying the college job market
​Teaching piano or working as a staff accompanist at a college, conservatory, or university is a desirable career for many pianists. Holding a full-time position in academia can have many rewards: teaching piano, chamber music, piano pedagogy, and piano literature to promising young musicians; performing solo recitals and chamber music with colleag...
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The pleasure of learning and searching never ends: An interview with Alfred Brendel

The pleasure of learning and searching never ends: An interview with Alfred Brendel
​​READING AND WRITING​RZ: Charles Alkan, speaking of his friend Chopin, was reported to have said that Chopin was not a reading man. You are clearly a reading and writing man. Your books and articles have contributed stimulating ideas and observations for thirty-five years. Did certain books on music have special value for you, especially in your y...
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