Request for Forgiveness

Forgive the gap.  Here is what has happened: I went to an AMS/SMT convention in Nashville and learned about the true state of Musicological research. Managed to move to New York City. Cleaned everything up, got some furniture, food, and a good sense of the city. Finished a long essay on Chopin’s Op. 31, applied […]

Benjamin Zander at TED

Required viewing: I cannot imagine a more captivating talk on music appreciation — he accomplishes so much in a very very short time period.

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 […]

Chopin’s Scherzo No.2 in Bb minor / Db Major, Op.31

This fantastically entertaining chestnut has been keeping me happily occupied for the last month or so after I enjoyed a friend’s very capable study of it. Chopin wrote four wildly popular scherzos, and this particular piece is precariously perched on a narrow margin between popularity and triteness. It remains however clear that this work has […]