How to Play Rachmaninoff

Some great composers create music so aesthetically complex that hardly anyone can play them.  For example, hardly any pianist has hands big enough to reach some of Rachmaninoff’s chords. But where there is a will, there is a way. 

HT:  C. R. Biggs

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Professor of Literature at Patrick Henry College, the Director of the Cranach Institute at Concordia Theological Seminary, a columnist for World Magazine and TableTalk, and the author of 18 books on different facets of Christianity & Culture.

  • Carl Vehse

    More video clips of the Victor Borge-inspired musical antics of Aleksey Igudesman and Richard Hyung-ki Joo can be seen at their “A Little Nightmare Music” website, http://www.igudesmanandjoo.com/igujoo.htm.

    “The Piano Lesson” is funny (in a 3 Stooges way) and involves ragtime music, but it may bring back nightmares of some piano students… or some piano teachers.

    Joo’s operatic pop (“popera”) version of the Beatles’ “Ticket to Ride” also reminds me of some Victor Borge or Anna Russell routines.

  • Carl Vehse

    More video clips of the Victor Borge-inspired musical antics of Aleksey Igudesman and Richard Hyung-ki Joo can be seen at their “A Little Nightmare Music” website, http://www.igudesmanandjoo.com/igujoo.htm.

    “The Piano Lesson” is funny (in a 3 Stooges way) and involves ragtime music, but it may bring back nightmares of some piano students… or some piano teachers.

    Joo’s operatic pop (“popera”) version of the Beatles’ “Ticket to Ride” also reminds me of some Victor Borge or Anna Russell routines.

  • Carl Vehse

    That’s http://www.igudesmanandjoo.com/igujoo.htm (without the period).

    Another reason for a “preview” option.
    Another reason for

  • Carl Vehse

    That’s http://www.igudesmanandjoo.com/igujoo.htm (without the period).

    Another reason for a “preview” option.
    Another reason for

  • http://resurrectionlutheran.info JD Wilson

    Nice tune…

    … but really…

    … black socks with short trousers?

    Only the parousia awaits….

  • http://resurrectionlutheran.info JD Wilson

    Nice tune…

    … but really…

    … black socks with short trousers?

    Only the parousia awaits….

  • http://4scores.blogspot.com Cap Stewart

    Wow! Igudesman and Joo are two brilliant—and hilarious—individuals! I hope I get to see them when they come tour the United States.

  • http://4scores.blogspot.com Cap Stewart

    Wow! Igudesman and Joo are two brilliant—and hilarious—individuals! I hope I get to see them when they come tour the United States.

  • fwsonnek

    where were these guys back when I was trying to play rachmananoff . what a great idea. I would suspend those things with bungee cords over the piano so i could do a solo act tho….

  • fwsonnek

    where were these guys back when I was trying to play rachmananoff . what a great idea. I would suspend those things with bungee cords over the piano so i could do a solo act tho….

  • organshoes

    Victor Borge–who was ever funnier? Those same bits still crack me up.
    Glad to see musicians following in his footsteps. Their humor shows their intelligence. And it’s funny.

  • organshoes

    Victor Borge–who was ever funnier? Those same bits still crack me up.
    Glad to see musicians following in his footsteps. Their humor shows their intelligence. And it’s funny.

  • http://www.oldsolar.com/currentblog.php Rick Ritchie

    “Where were these guys back when I was trying to play Rachmananoff?”

    Kindergarten, perhaps?

  • http://www.oldsolar.com/currentblog.php Rick Ritchie

    “Where were these guys back when I was trying to play Rachmananoff?”

    Kindergarten, perhaps?


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