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The Liszt Un Sospiro Amplified

A closer look at the Liszt Un Sospiro reveals patterns in the rolling arpeggios, an Impressionistic quality, and some historical background on the piece. »

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Biking Uphill in Third Gear

After putting off making an appointment with her hearing doctor, Nancy M. Williams reflects on her progressive hearing loss, procrastination and commitment. »

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Ricker Choi Plays the Debussy Clair de Lune

Ricker Choi plays the Debussy Clair de Lune from Suite Bergamasque and reveals how the piece speaks to him with images of earth, moon, ocean, and breezes. »

Music and Lyricals in Song without Words

Music is the heart of the deaf, says Gerald Shea, after discovering he has been living with a hearing loss for years, in his new memoir, Song without Words. »

Hearing Loss at the Opera

The opera singer Ben Luxon denied his hearing loss until he couldn’t anymore. An exclusive excerpt from Katherine Bouton's new book, Shouting Won't Help. »

Deserting the Piano: A Personal Essay

The author imagines a piano in her home as a sulking, poisonous guest. Although the piano used to be her passion, she has not touched the keys in 25 years. »

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Chopin’s Raindrop Prelude Amplified

An in-depth look at the Chopin Raindrop Prelude, with its repeated A-flats and tempo rubato, offering multiple perspectives on technique and interpretation. »

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Piano Practice: The Wonder of Solitude

Beset by an internal clamor, essayist Robin Sloane Seibert tries to drown out her worries with noise, until she discovers the solitude of piano practice. »