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The singing piano

Updated: Sep 3, 2022

Every note written for the piano when it was newly invented (unless by Chopin)*was probably inspired by vocal music. In the case of Mozart and Schubert the connection is obvious, though easily missed by modern students who do not have the background in song and opera to recognize speech-based articulations. All those little two and three-note slur groups are undoubtedly words hiding, waiting for you to have the necessary “Aha!” that will literally bring them (and you!) to life.

An astute reader has, in the meantime, corrected the error of my asserting that

Chopin was not inspired by vocal music. He was, on the contrary, very much influenced by the vocal writing of Bellini.!

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