Henri Lehmann, portrait of Franz Liszt, 1839.
This beautiful and sophisticated work is one of the best-loved, most enduring pieces in piano repertoire.
Chopin’s grave, Paris.
As a concert pianist, Scott Davie has been searching for the spirit of Chopin since his teens. It’s taken him to Paris and Majorca and channeled tantalising notes through time.
Nardi Simpson plays the square piano, similar to one that arrived on the First Fleet.
Four Indigenous composers were asked to create works for a square piano from a painful period in our nation’s history. They did so in creative, honest and powerful ways.
Toy pianos typically have a range of 12-36 keys, roughly one quarter the range of a full piano. But they are used by composers and music makers to write everything from concertos to pop songs.
Good golly! Little Richard in full flow, July 2000.
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Richard Wayne Penniman was one of a handful of pioneers who shaped the original rock and roll sound.
Randy Newman and Hildur Guðnadóttir have been nominated for their scores for ‘Marriage Story’ and ‘Joker,’ respectively.
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In ‘Joker’ and ‘Marriage Story,’ sometimes the absence of sound can pack as much of a punch as dramatic music.
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Audiences know what it’s like to listen to Beethoven’s iconic works - but to play his creations as a concert pianist is to grab the music with both hands and join the composer in a powerful battle.
Geoffrey Tozer was a child prodigy who struggled as an adult after the loss of his mother Verna.
A new film examines the life and tragic death of a concert pianist once hailed as our nation’s brightest prodigy - and a former PM’s accusations of neglect by cultural leaders.
Lee was able to communicate that disability is a part of humanity – not separate from it.
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Lee, who is blind and autistic, upended the assumption, held by many, that people with disabilities lack rich interior lives.
The first piano arrived in Australia with the First Fleet in 1788.
Michael Atherton’s new book traces the history of pianos in Australia from the First Fleet to modernity. Despite concerns over its demise, the instrument is unlikely to disappear any time soon.
South African born pianist Daniel-Ben Pienaar.
A new recording of South African composer Arnold van Wyk’s complete solo piano music explores new perspectives.
Debussy’s Clair de Lune belongs to the Impressionist movement, which included visual artists like Claude Monet.
Debussy’s Clair de Lune, meaning ‘moonlight’, is one of the most easily recognised pieces of music, but its origins are complex. The piece was influenced by poetry, Baroque music and the Impressionist movement.
Brahms’ piano quartet in G minor was composed for a piano, a violin, a viola and a cello.
The 29-year old Johannes Brahms had his first major public success with his piano quartet in G minor, but not everyone gave it glowing praise.
Franz Liszt in his home in Weimar, 1884.
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Whoever finds it beautiful is beyond help, quipped critic Eduard Hanslick upon hearing Franz Liszt’s Sonata in B minor for the first time. Fortunately, posterity did not agree with him.
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Is this the future of the piano?
The master at work: Daniel Barenboim plays his new piano at London’s Festival Hall.
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The master pianist has unveiled a redesigned piano which is very like instruments that were in use in the 19th century.