Summer 2021: Book Review: The Lost Pianos of Siberia

As you read this review, it is summer in the Northern Hemisphere; I expect the days are warm, possibly humid, and you're enjoying, I hope, being outside in the sunshine. As I write this, I'm ensconced in blankets, a warm sweater, and scarves (yes, multiple), with a steaming cup of tea on my writing table. It's bitterly cold on t...
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Summer 2021: Pupil Saver: Russian Dancer

The Janice K. Hodges Contemporary Piano Competition and Festival held annually in San Antonio, TX, is unique in its focus on twentieth- and twenty-first century repertoire. Norman Dello Joio's (1913–2008) "Russian Dancer," the sixth piece from his Lyric Pieces for the Young, appeared as a choice on the Grade 7 repertoire list from 2018–2020. It was...
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"Kamarinskaya” from Tchaikovsky’s Album for the Young

What exactly is a "kamarinskaya"? (The word is pronounced with an accent on the second syllable—kaMArinskaya.) 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 it!...
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