Beethoven and Star Wars Part 2: The Funeral Imperial March

As you may know, classical music of all kinds inspired composer John Williams as he wrote the Star Wars score. But what I’m really interested in is how master composer Beethoven exerted his influence on a galaxy far far away. Because there’s so much wonderful music to discuss in regards to the Star Wars score,…

“Auld Lang Syne”: A New Years Anthem

New Years means new beginnings, new goals, and a new perspective on life. But, it’s also a time of remembering and reminiscing, and that’s why we sing the traditional song “Auld Lang Syne” every New Years Eve. The lyrics reminisce on the year about to end, celebrating times gone by.   However. While we know…

Clair de lune by Debussy

One of the most famous pieces of music ever written: Composed originally in 1890 (but not published until 1905), “Clair de lune” is the third movement in a set of four pieces known as Suite bergamesque. Debussy based it on Paul Verlaine’s poem of the same name: Clair de lune (Moonlight) Votre âme est un paysage…

Chopin Waltz in C-sharp minor, Op. 64 No. 2

Today’s post features a famous waltz by famous Romantic era composer Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849). About Chopin A child prodigy, Polish pianist composer Chopin wrote primarily for solo piano. He spent his life teaching, composing, and performing for adoring crowds, and his unique style pushed the boundaries of expression and emotion in music. Read more about him…

Piano Trio in D Minor (Color Antique)

It took me a long time to consider myself a composer. I’ve been playing the piano for almost two decades, but I’ve only been composing for a few years. As I’ve worked to write and create, I decided one of the best ways to validate my accomplishments is to start calling myself a composer – because…

Sequences III by Alfonso Peduto

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….

“Petite Waltz” by Kathryn Louderback

I want to share some new music with you this week! Petite Waltz is an original piano solo composed by yours truly. Check it out: This piece was seriously fun to write. I composed the first minute and a half four years ago, but I set it aside to finish later. However, I never forgot about…

Saudades do Brasil

This week I came across a piano work by French composer Darius Milhaud (pronounced Mee-YO) called Saudades do Brasil, Op. 67. It’s a suite of 12 dances based on his trip to Brazil, and they’re simply charming. Although French, Milhaud (1892-1974) was heavily influenced by jazz and Brazilian music. In 1917-18, he traveled to Latin America and was…

Copland’s Poems of Emily Dickinson

This week I’m listening to 12 poems of Emily Dickinson by Aaron Copland, an American composer, teacher, and conductor who lived from 1900-1990. You can read more about him here. Have you ever read a poem that spoke to you in a way nothing else has? That’s what happened to Copland. He wanted to set some poetry…