Arvo Pärt – Für Alina and the tintinnabuli style

“Tintinnabulation is an area I sometimes wander into when I am searching for answers – in my life, my music, my work. In my dark hours, I have the certain feeling that everything outside this one thing has no meaning. The complex and many-faceted only confuses me, and I must search for unity. What is […]

Ragtime Piano Scores online!

Quite a few are up on Ted Tjaden’s site, which has a ridiculously impressive collection of sheet music and information.  Many of these are particularly hard to find, and haven’t yet made their way to the IMSLP Petrucci Music Library, so Ted’s page is a great resource.  In addition to classic rags, he’s also compiled […]

Scott Joplin – Fig Leaf Rag

The Fig Leaf Rag is a composition nearly exactly one hundred years old, penned in 1908 during Joplin’s time in New York City — I imagine he was facing his 40s with a resolve to recapture a youthful exuberance he might have had before, when he first struck out from Texas to make a living […]

Dick Hyman’s Lessons on YouTube

Dick Hyman is a tremendous chameleon of a jazz pianist as well as a visionary jazz educator.  His conception of piano playing from the Romantic era through the mid-20th Century is phenomenal, and he is able to demonstrate with clarity and panache many of the techniques of the great jazz musicians. If you can see […]