“Nuvole Bianche” by Ludovico Einaudi

Perhaps one of the most well-known pieces by contemporary composer Ludovico Einaudi, Nuvole Bianche is a gorgeous (and heartbreaking) piano-solo-turned-song that connects with listeners around the world. *Fun fact: “nuvole bianche” is Italian for “white clouds”! Background Nuvole Bianche was released in 2004 on Einaudi’s album Una Mattina. Since then, the piece has appeared in the TV drama This is England […]

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Ola Gjeilo’s Sunrise Mass

Remember earlier this week when I posted about O Magnum Mysterium, a 16th century motet taken from Catholic Mass? Well, today I want to share another Mass with you – but this one is from the 21st century. Called Sunrise Mass, Norwegian composer Olja Gjeilo (b. 1978) created this 30-minute work for choir and strings with four […]

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“Fly” by Ludovico Einaudi

When I first heard “Fly”, I was amazed. I love the simplicity and the minimalism mixed with the electronics. I love the different moods and atmosphere the piece creates. I love how the work is piano-centric, yet the other layers work with the piano to paint the full picture. Background Ludovico Einaudi wrote “Fly” for […]

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A Tribute to Jóhann Jóhannsson

After hearing about the sudden passing of  Jóhann Jóhannsson, I wanted to pay him tribute by compiling a (non-comprehensive) list of his works. The Icelandic composer was best known for his blend of electronic and classical genres. He received Oscar and Golden Globe nominations and awards for many of his film scores, and his solo […]

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“Divenire” by Ludovico Einaudi

Divenire by Ludovico Einaudi

Divenire means “to become”. And that’s exactly the story that this piece tells. This orchestral/piano work is the title track of Ludovico Einaudi‘s album Divenire, which he released in 2006: Einaudi’s Inspiration Einaudi says of Divenire on his website: “Divenire developed over a long period, beginning in 2002 when I was invited by the organisers of the festival […]

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The Song of the Sun: “Solstice” by Amelia Chain

Solstice by Amelia Chain uses sounds of the sun to create music.

  How many pieces of music do you know that incorporate the actual sound of the sun into the work? Amelia Chain’s composition “Solstice” uses real recordings of our sun in the work (both as the inspiration and as a musical element). Chain was inspired to create the piece after talking to her daughter about […]

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About Ludovico Einaudi

Ludovico Einaudi's music creates its own beautiful world full of color and light.

Ludovico Einaudi. I’ve heard his name come up often over the last year or so, but for some reason I never listened to his music. That is until someone suggested I find something of his to play on the piano, and I was amazed. Einaudi creates his own unique, colorful world through his music, and […]

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Trevor Kowalski’s “June 5th”

Certain Paths by Trevor Kowalski

Today I want to introduce you to Trevor Kowalski. A contemporary pianist composer, Kowalski started young – piano lessons at 6 years old – but loved to create his own sounds rather than follow structured lessons. His newly released piano work June 5th (from his album Certain Paths) caught my attention: After listening to (and playing around with) some of his […]

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Sequences III by Alfonso Peduto

Piano and window, high contrast black and white photography

Some of you may know that I’m an active social media user. I firmly believe in putting myself out there to share my music and, in turn, supporting other artists. This is how I came across the music for today’s post. Today’s blog features a work by composer Alfonso Peduto, whom I recently discovered on Instagram. […]

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“Bladed Stance” by Marcos Balter

I found a new composer today named Marcos Balter. Born in 1974 in Brazil, he’s been a musician his whole life. Read more about him here. Balter’s compositional style is characteristic of 21st century composers in that it’s exploratory and unique. He makes new and colorful sounds through various extended techniques, unlikely instrumentation, and complex […]

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