Monday, November 4, 2013

Music for a quiet evening

I am partial to piano music.

These particular compositions sound deceptively simple but are quite difficult to play accurately.

Here’s Arthur Rubenstein playing Frederic Chopin’s beautiful Nocturne Opus 9, No. 2 (5:05). Unfortunately you will not be able to see Arthur Rubenstein, but you will be able to follow along in the sheet music.

And here’s Vladimir Horowitz in Vienna playing Impromptu in G flat major D899 No. 3 by Franz Schubert (7:31).

And here’s...well, that’s enough for now.

Sometimes a taste is better than a mouthful.

“Music Hath Charms” by Harrison Fisher, American illustrator (1877 - 1934)


  1. squeeze this piece in between willie nelson and buddy holly on my fav list<>><>i will reselt that remark

  2. Quality over quantity. I love both of these pieces of music and as I have been awake since 5am they are perfect for soothing my furrowed brow. It's been a while since I heard them too, so thank you for reminding me how beautiful they are. I'm taken to another place entirely when I close my eyes and listen.

  3. The Schubert piece is quite lovely. To me it is as if the music is an interpretation of the inner workings of someone's mind - containing melancholy, reflection, anger, nostalgia. Not just the sound of a keyboard.

  4. I promise to listen to these tomorrow, as my Wednesdays have more breathing room than my Tuesdays, but I must say I'm disappointed that so soon after you took possession of your new organ, we are listening to a stranger play piano.

    *Hint* dropped.

  5. I LOVE the nocturne... and was very pleased to hear the Schubert piece for the first time.

    Coincidentally I was listening to Chopin's sad Nocturne in C-sharp minor but also the brilliant (the perfect adjective) and happy 'Grande Pollinaise' today as I was painting.