Piano Diaries Returns

Piano Diaries Returns

Piano Diaries 2020 : #1 : January by Peter Saltzman Twelve years ago I started a kind of piano blog called Piano Diaries. It was a website with blog entries in the form of improvised solo piano music, and a few lines of text to go along with each improvisation. I kept...
IOTL #27: What Not To Think When Improvising

IOTL #27: What Not To Think When Improvising

Do you ever think about what you’re thinking about? Of course, you do. I often think about what I’m thinking about when improvising. But when I pose this question to the great French pianist-composer Jean-Michel Pilc in this episode, his answer is along the lines...
IOTL #26: The Improvised Sonata

IOTL #26: The Improvised Sonata

For years I’ve had this thought that I should be able to improvise a full 4-movement piano sonata. Is this just another example of me being completely out of touch with my times? Well yes. But that doesn’t mean it won’t work. As I mentioned in episode 22 (“Improvising...
IOTL Short #6: And a Plane Flew By

IOTL Short #6: And a Plane Flew By

…Or how musical order insists on materializing out of seemingly random occurrences… A random musical thought occurs while parking the car, which circuitously leads me to a final chord at precisely the moment when a plane flies by in the same exact key. I...
IOTL #24: Venting in Two-Part Inventions

IOTL #24: Venting in Two-Part Inventions

Is it possible to make beautiful music with just two intertwining melodies? Bach did. Can I?​ I have a bad habit (for my health, but good for my art) of taking on challenges laid down by the greatest composers of all time. In this case, it’s J.S. Bach, and his...