History

You probably have a favorite pianist from the past – are you a Richter fan or more of a Rachmaninov admirer? Horowitz, Rubinstein, Schnabel, Hess…the list goes on. Or you may be someone who adores a particular composer like Chopin, Beethoven, Liszt, Bach or Mozart. This section provides both news and articles about the historical figures who have made classical piano music what it is today.

One of Glenn Gould’s Pianos Lives on in Edmonton

Glenn Gould owned a number of pianos and some are still being played. The one in Edmonton has been in the care of Joachim Segger since it arrived in 1984. What does it matter if a prestigious item — a sparkling piece of jewelry, a tattered religious relic — once...

Glenn Gould Remembered

Glenn Gould's piano took a vacation a few weeks back while it's home was being renovated and coincidentally Sony has also issued his complete Columbia Masterworks recordings in a special edition box set. The late Glenn Gould was a Canadian national treasure. One of...

Legendary Josef Hofmann

Jeremy Nicholas of Gramophone Magazine celebrates the iconic life and music of the legendary Josef Hofmann. There are three pianists I’ve met over the years who heard Josef Hofmann in his prime. Earl Wild acknowledged Hofmann’s style as the biggest influence on him...

Schubert – the Enigmatic Composer

Another tribute to Schubert brings the enigmatic composer to the forefront. Little is known about the private life of Franz Schubert, although information about his public persona is abundant. He was born in Austria on Jan. 31, 1797 and studied composition with...

Just for Fun: Enjoy this Classical Music Mashup

If you need a bit of fun, here you go. How many of these iconic classical melodies can you name? They say if it’s not baroque don’t fix it, but musician, producer and mashup artist Grant Woolard’s classical music mashup is a total masterpiece. The mashup in the video...