February 27, 2019

It has been a while since I wrote a post on Nikolai Medtner. Since I will be playing some of his music in an upcoming Rallentando concert, I figured now would be a great opportunity to talk about one of his works that I will be performing.

One of the things that I love...

June 6, 2018

In the summer of 1903, Nikolai Medtner visited Emil and Anna, the young composer's older brother and his wife, after a prolonged period away from each other.

Except this was not any ordinary reunion. 

Shortly before, Medtner had suddenly called off his engagement to hi...

May 31, 2018

Eight Mood Pictures, Op. 1

"An angel was flying through the midnight sky, singing softly; and the moon, and the stars, and the clouds in a throng hearkened to that holy song. He sang of the bliss of innocent spirits in the shade of the gardens of paradise; of the great...

March 27, 2018

I have been practicing a bit of Medtner for my upcoming concert in a couple weeks at Miami University and for my recording project of his complete solo piano works. I figured now would be a good opportunity to circle back and discuss a significant work in his compositi...

February 15, 2018

Many of you may know that I am currently recording the complete solo piano works of forgotten Russian romantic composer, Nikolai Medtner. His compositional output for solo piano is enormous: 9 CDS worth of music!

I get asked all the time: why Medtner?

My response is simp...

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