Monthly Archives: October 2016

1 Experience of a Lifetime: Chopin’s Quatrième Ballade

I mentioned in an earlier blog the late John Ogden’s summation of Chopin’s Quatrième Ballade. Since I have been spending an hour or two a day on this composition, I have come to appreciate his words more than ever. He said: “[It is] the most exalted, intense and sublimely powerful of all Chopin’s compositions… It […]

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The Thrill of Discovering a Lost Composition, Georges Bizet, Roland C Colton, @rolandccolton

The Thrill of Discovering a Lost Composition

Georges Bizet: The Lost Composition A few years ago, my wife and I were returning from the grocery store in Savigné-sur-Lathan, just a few miles from our summer home in the Loire Valley. The radio was playing and I remember hearing a beautiful piano solo that was totally unfamiliar to me. Once we arrived in […]

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