About Ludovico Einaudi

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…

Music Inspired by Winter: Tchaikovsky

It’s almost December! I hope you are all enjoying this season of love, family, and twinkling lights. 🙂 I personally love the cold weather – especially the snow and the music! And because Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker” is a winter classic, that got me thinking. Has he written any other music inspired by winter? The answer is yes! So in…

Unearthing the Greats: Beethoven

Ludvig van Beethoven: German composer, pianist, conductor. Was he really all that great? And what is it about his music that has left him his legacy? Let’s find out! Born in 1770 in Bonn, Germany, to a family with prominant musical history – his grandfather, also Ludvig van Beethoven, was a professional singer and Kapellmeister (city music…

Sergei Prokofiev

Sergei Prokofiev (1891-1953) is known for being slightly eccentric, a little romantic, quite avant-garde, and extremely gifted . He composed all kinds of pieces in a wide variety of musical genres ranging from symphonies to piano sonatas to ballets. Overall he was rather brilliant (music and otherwise), and he is one of my most favorite composers…

A Dance for a Princess

Before we jump into this blog post, let’s listen to the focus piece first. Because it is so beautiful. Maurice Ravel was a French composer who lived from 1875-1937. He is best known for composing in the style of French Impressionism (a musical movement focused on creating an atmosphere and describing moods and emotions in the…

Liszt and Italy’s Inspiration

Hungarian composer, pianist, conductor, teacher, arranger, organist, philanthropist, and author Franz Liszt (1811-1886) was a virtuoso. He began playing the piano at a young age, and by the time he was eight years old he was already composing. And, as you can see, he spent his whole life studying, writing, and performing music. I’m not…

Unearthing the Greats: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791). This is a name you are probably familiar with on some level; he is, after all, one of the most famous composers of the Classical era (roughly 1750-1820ish, but that is a discussion for another day). A child prodigy, Mozart began playing the piano around three or four years of age…