Go Ahead and Play Again

I returned to the public piano in front of Indianapolis’ Central Library today, this time with my son, who plays the violin. We played “Berceuse” by Ottorino Respighi, one of our favorite pieces for violin and piano, and also did some improvisation together. I also played and sang “You Raise Me Up” and my son [Read More…]

Go Ahead and Play

I stopped by to play the piano in front of Central Library in downtown Indianapolis today, and one of the librarians came out and took my picture and recorded a little bit. It is now on their web site. You can learn more about the “Go Ahead and Play” project, and the Women’s Fund of [Read More…]

Jānis Kalniņš – In the Quiet Hour (Klusā Stundā)

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Kreisler – Preludium and Allegro

A wonderful violin piece, the Preludium and Allegro by Fritz Kreisler, performed by Itzhak Perlman. Kreisler originally claimed the piece was written by the 18th century composer Giulio Gaetano Gerolamo Pugnani (read more about that here).   [Read more…]

Jazzy Christmas Music for Piano

I made some recordings, when practicing before church today, of music I would be playing during the service. The first is a jazz arrangement of “Angels We Have Heard On High,” arranged by Phillip Keveren (published in the volume Yuletide Jazz): The second is a medley from the “Charlie Brown Christmas Special” which I played [Read More…]

O Come, O Come Emmanuel

A beautiful arrangement for cello and piano. HT Dănuț Mănăstireanu   [Read more…]

Almost Silent Night

This is another video of me playing Christmas music – it is my own jazz arrangement of “Silent Night.” It is as rusty as “Christmas Time Is Here” is, not having been worked on since last year. So this is another “before” video – hopefully the “after” video will not only be more polished, but [Read More…]

John Cage on the Purpose of Music

A few days ago I had the privilege of listening to a lunchtime talk with snippets of performance by my colleague Kate Boyd, who worked on and performed John Cage's Sonatas and Interludes for Prepared Piano during her recent sabbatical. John Cage, I learned, had his thinking about the purpose of music transformed by a [Read More…]

You Know What I Did Last Summer

Summers are special times for professors. At the start of them, we make implausibly grandiose plans about what we are going to accomplish during them. At the end of them, we wonder where the time has gone. Here are some of the things I did this summer: Took students to Israel. Finished work on translating [Read More…]

Hiromi – Voice

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