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Brodmann Pedal-Hammerfl├╝gel mit Bank, c. 1815
Brodmann Pedal-Hammerflügel mit Bank, c. 1815 by Andreas Praefcke. [ 1 ]
VIENNA: The World of Mozart, Beethoven & Haydn

Renown for its great composers and musicians, Vienna grew to prominence in the early days of the Classical Period (1750 to 1830), attracting the likes of Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, and Schubert, to name only a few.

Glenn Gould's Chair
Glenn Gould's Chair by Mandretta. [ 1 ]

Through sheets of rain, faint percussive sounds echo from the right. Though anxious, she follows the sound.  She walks at a quick pace while the scenery passes slowly.  She enters a corridor full of niches.  One by one in an endless procession.  Figures move about, in and out.  The kaleidoscopic geometric pattern converges to form a solitary monk.  A large owl sits upon his shoulder.  The owl has unusually large talons and the face of Van Cliburn.

Hofburg Palace Vienna

The European piano-building tradition goes back hundreds of years, with more historical territory and context than any other region can claim. This explains why so many discussions about pianos often focus on European methods and brands, and to what degree this lineage is preserved. In fact, the modern piano inherits centuries of keyboard innovations, a prolific evolution advanced by the confluence of extraordinary composers, performers, and piano builders—all laboring to extend the sound and range of the instrument.

Young Girls At The Piano by Auguste Renoir
Young Girls At The Piano by Auguste Renoir
We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.Will Durant, Summarizing the Ideas of Aristotle

It is said that to have a mastery of anything, one must put in at least 10,000 hours of practice. Whether you have a natural talent or dogged determination, the playing field is even if you are willing to put in the time and effort it takes to excel and become a life-long learner.

Often the toughest part of establishing a regular routine is just getting started. (Even the most ardent, passionate people go through this. If settling down to practice were easy, we wouldn’t be discussing this right now!) There will always be distractions. Passing by the piano and not stopping. Getting preoccupied by all our entertainment options. Snuggling on the sofa with a warm beverage. Sometimes not knowing how to begin can be the most overwhelming reason to deter one from beginning.

5 Compositions Notable For Their Scope -- Mahler Silhouettes
Mahler Silhouettes by Otto Böhler

The following compositions have been recognized, in one way or another, as being some of the most extreme examples of classical music.

Forgive me if I have left your favorite epic off the list...

1: Tallis - Spem in Alium

16th Century English composer Thomas Tallis' Spem in Alium is scored for 8 choirs, each containing 5 distinct voices.

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