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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  • 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

  • Nice tune…

    … but really…

    … black socks with short trousers?

    Only the parousia awaits….

  • Nice tune…

    … but really…

    … black socks with short trousers?

    Only the parousia awaits….

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

  • 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.

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

    Kindergarten, perhaps?

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

    Kindergarten, perhaps?