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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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Why I'm Looking Forward to Exciting Times Ahead, Roland Colton, @RolandCColton, piano, book signings

Why I’m Looking Forward to Exciting Times Ahead

Exciting Times Ahead! But first… My first book signing took place at Mystery Ink in Huntington Beach, California, on September 10th. My first impression of the bookstore was quite positive. I found the bookstore very charming and intimate. In an adjoining room, hors d’oeuvres and drinks were served to the guests. A table had been […]

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This is the Reason New Authors Anxiously Await Five-Star Reviews Only

Awaiting Reviews Last night, my lovely wife and I returned from a promenade on the chateau grounds at sunset and saw, to our mutual surprise and delight, two peacocks perched upon the back terrasse balustrade. We instantly sensed it was a good omen. In India, if a person sees a peacock while traveling on a […]

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Two weeks ago, my two young daughters (11 and 13) participated in the annual Musical Arts of Orange County piano competition at Cal State Long Beach

Competing for First Prize–Piano Competition

Piano Competition Two weeks ago, my two young daughters (11 and 13) participated in the annual Musical Arts of Orange County piano competition at Cal State Long Beach. This is the third year they have competed. Since they did well in the past two competitions, we had high hopes for them this year. I always […]

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