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He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother

The road is long with many a winding turn That leads us to who knows where, who knows where But I’m strong, strong enough to carry him He ain’t heavy, he’s my brother  ~ US songwriters Bobby Scott & Bob Russell, … Continue reading

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Wine Tasting in Mornington Peninsula, Victoria

 “Age is just a number. It’s totally irrelevant unless, of course, you happen to be a bottle of wine.” ~ Joan Collins, US actress and author ~~~~~~~O~~~~~~~ More related posts by ChopinandMysaucepan:The Wine International Group Sydney – Meeting #45 The Wine International … Continue reading

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She’s Always a Woman

This blog post is dedicated to all the beautiful women in my life. Wherever you may be around the world, you know who you are and you will always remain ever so dear in my heart. ~~~~~~~~O~~~~~~~~

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ChopinandMysaucepan – Our Third Blogiversary

“Life is not about the length of our time but moments in time that give us peace and joy. By capturing these moments on this blog, I hope it will also help you to relive your moments in time that … Continue reading

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Remembering Karen Carpenter – A Tribute

“I can take all the madness the world has to give but I won’t last a day without you” ~ Paul Williams & Roger Nichols, composers of Carpenters‘ hit single I Won’t Last A Day Without You ~~~~~~~~O~~~~~~~~ Karen Carpenter … Continue reading

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Wine Tasting Yarra Valley, Victoria

“This pinot noir rose tastes a bit like my sense of humour. It is dry but sharp with a clean finish.” ~ Chopinand, co-author of ChopinandMysaucepan ~~~~~~~~O~~~~~~~~ More related posts by ChopinandMysaucepan:MoVida Aqui, Melbourne The Wine International Group Sydney (TWIGS) … Continue reading

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Winner announced – FREE $300 Concert Tickets & Food Voucher Giveaway!

This post is to announce the winner for two (2) tickets to the Mahler Chamber Orchestra concert (valued at $110 each) 7pm on Tuesday, 11 June 2013 featuring stellar American cellist, Alisa Weilerstein and a food voucher worth $80 redeemable at any Opera Kitchen food stalls at the Sydney Opera … Continue reading

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Chopin’s Nocturne in C sharp minor Op. posth.

 “All wars are civil wars because all men are brothers.” ~ Francois Fenelon, French poet, theologian and writer  ~~~~~~0~~~~~~ Chopin’s Nocturne in C sharp minor Op. posthumous, was first published 26 years after the great composer’s death in 1849. Chopin … Continue reading

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Hatch Cottage, Moss Vale, Southern Highlands

When we visited the Southern Highlands in autumn last year, we were really enchanted by the beautiful colours of the trees and vegetation. We are just a little early this year but nevertheless, we see so many beautiful colours around … Continue reading

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ChopinandMysaucepan – First Blogiversary

“Life is not about the length of our time here but moments in time that give us inner peace. By capturing these moments on this blog, it is my hope it will also help you to relive your moments in … Continue reading

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I’m dreaming of a white Christmas

“May we appreciate our joyous moments with family and friends for no sooner will the new year arrive and we wonder what happened during Christmas.”                               … Continue reading

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Little Red Riding Hood – Who are you?

In one of the most famous fairy tales ever told, Little Red Riding Hood is a little girl in a red cloak who visits her grandma in the woods only to discover a big bad wolf has eaten grandma and … Continue reading

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Godowsky’s 3 paraphrases of Chopin’s “Aeolian Harp” Etude

I recently wrote a post about one of Chopin’s most beautiful works for solo piano. The etude in A flat major Opus 25 no. 1 was composed in 1836 and published in 1837. The technical challenge for this piece is … Continue reading

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Chopin Piano Concerto No. 2 in F minor, Opus 21 (2nd movement)

The second movement of Chopin’s piano concerto begins with the strings and woodwind leading the piano into arguably one of the most beautiful passages of music ever written. This concerto was composed in 1830 when Chopin was 20 years old … Continue reading

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Chopin Etude in A flat major, Opus 25 no. 1 (Aeolian Harp)

Background Chopin’s etudes are essentially a system of technical piano playing exercises which are among some of the most challenging and provocative pieces written for the solo piano repertoire. There is a total of 27 etudes comprising two separate collections … Continue reading

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Gershwin’s Embraceable You – transcription by Earl Wild

Embraceable You is just one of some many beautiful songs composed by George Gershwin. However, Earl Wild, one of America’s greatest pianists and contemporary composers gave this piece a new dimension with his beautiful arrangement for the piano. Yeol Eum … Continue reading

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Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor

There is something about this piano concerto that fuels my emotions no matter how many times I listen to it. Perhaps it’s the grandeur and passion of its dark haunting melodic lines or the stark contrast of beautiful colours between … Continue reading

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Rachmaninoff Prelude in G minor, Opus 25, no. 3

This famous prelude in Alla marcia tempo is a showpiece of Russian nationalism to inspire and evoke a sense of pride of the Russian army. It is composed in ternary form where the B section introduces a slower, flowing melodic … Continue reading

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Chopin Nocturne in D flat major, Opus 27 no. 2

This piece of music is the epitome of Chopin’s beautiful cantabile style. My mind drifts to a beautiful place whenever I play this piece late at night. Lento sostenuto meaning “slow and sustained” is Chopin’s musical directive for this piece … Continue reading

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Vide Cor Meum by Patrick Cassidy

Vide Cor Meum is a beautifully haunting song composed by Irish composer, Patrick Cassidy based on Dante’s “La Vita Nuova”. This music was specifically composed for the movie Hannibal in 2001 and first appeared in a scene where Dr Hannibal … Continue reading

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Saint-Saens’ Le Cygne (Godowsky’s transcription in G flat major)

Camille Saint-Saens composition of Le Cygne (The Swan) from his famous Carnival of the Animals was beautifully paraphrased by the great Polish American pianist and composer Leopold Godowsky. Technique This Godowsky arrangement requires delicate and passive note playing by the … Continue reading

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Rachmaninoff Prelude in G major, Opus 32 no. 5

Whenever I play this prelude by Rachmaninoff, it evokes beautiful images of sharks gently gliding in the depths of my mind. The delicate melody is accompanied by quintuplets played almost throughout the entire piece by the left hand. To bring … Continue reading

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Pietro Mascagni (1863–1945) – Cavalleria Rusticana (Intermezzo)

Cavelleria rusticana (Rustic Chivalry) is an opera by Italian composer Pietro Mascagni. This beautiful and compassionate theme is also arranged for solo piano  and duo with the violin. It is termed intermezzo to mean a short piece of music or … Continue reading

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