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What is the most difficult piano piece to play?


What is the most difficult piano piece to play? I am frequently asked, "What is the most difficult piano piece to play?" To me this honestly feels like a strange question. Each piece has its own difficulties. Even the simplest piece has challenges which need to be solved for a convincing rendition.  What is difficult? There are various kinds of difficulties amongst pieces: lyrical, rhythmic, polyphonic, polyrhythmic and technical (Everything you are doing when you are performing is technically...well, technical).  However, when someone asks any musician this question about the most "difficult" piece, they will rarely think [...]

What is the most difficult piano piece to play?2021-03-05T14:38:02-08:00

Reflections on Interpretation


Reflections on Interpretation When being a musician, you are foremost a fearless human being. You are not afraid to show your emotions to anyone as you always strive to touch the listener, deeply, presenting a different reality or times long gone. When you are performing, you are transforming yourself into an actor, telling the listener a story. How you will recite the narrative partly depends on why the chosen piece came to be, but you must always use your imagination to phrase everything in the most convincing way you can. However, even though you will express a piece in [...]

Reflections on Interpretation2021-01-04T18:06:47-08:00

The Life of Godowsky


The Life of Godowsky : Part 1 Polish-American virtuoso pianist Leopold Godowsky was also a composer, and a teacher. He was one of the most highly regarded performers of his time. Watch this lively lecture on the life of Leopold Godowsky by our Artistic Director Carl Petersson.

The Life of Godowsky2020-04-12T16:57:55-07:00

At Night – by Leopold Godowsky


At Night – by Leopold Godowsky Carl Petersson Domenico Mongelli piano performance of Leopold Godowsky's At Night. "At Night" is from the 49 Miniatures by Leopold Godowsky. Performed on our Fazioli concert grand piano by Showcase Music Academy teacher Domenico Mongelli and Artistic Director Carl Petersson. This piece is simple but beautiful nonetheless, and is intended to be played by a teacher and a student. Filmed in February 2020, Showcase Music Academy Broadway Location.

At Night – by Leopold Godowsky2020-04-10T21:48:09-07:00

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