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Here you can find some information regarding music in my life.

[Current happenings]

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Current happenings
I'm currently a student at [Mannes College of Music], pursuing a Masters of Music degree. I'm also working as music teacher at the Bryn Mawr Conservatory.
Here are some of the things I am currently working on:
  • Elgar cello concerto
  • Schumann cello concerto
  • Brahms Cello Sonata No.2 in F major
  • Bach Suite No. 4

I also play the piano - I took lessons for several years (at one point I was more serious about piano than cello!), but stopped after senior year in high school. Nonetheless, here's a couple pieces I've been working on lately:
  • Brahms Intermezzo Op. 117 Nos.1-3
  • Brahms Fantasies Op. 116 No.1
  • Brahms Rhapsody Op. 79 No.2
(Yes, it's a bit Brahms heavy.)

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Here is a list of articles that I've written about various works of music. Most of these are either assignments for classes and/or were written for program notes and vary greatly in terms of their refinement and depth of treatment of the subject.

If you find any of this information useful, you are free to use it, but I would appreciate your dropping me a line. Enjoy!

[Brahms: Piano Trio No.2 in C major, Op.87]
This was written as an assignment for a Brahms class I took and also used for program notes for a concert at Swarthmore given by Philadelphia Orchestra members.

[Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.8 in c minor, Op.13 "Pathetique", II. Adagio cantabile]
A brief overview written for a theory class assignment.

[Dvorak: Piano Trio in E minor, Op.90 "Dumky"]
Program notes for a [Midnight Quintett] concert.

[Brahms: Cello Sonata in E minor, Op.38, I. Allegro non troppo]
A brief paper I wrote for scholarship requirements.

[Brahms: Cello Sonata in E minor, Op.38, III. Allegro]
Another brief paper I wrote for scholarship requirements.

[Valentini: Cello Sonata Op.8 No.10]
From the program notes for my senior recital.

[Schubert: Sonata for Arpeggione and Piano]
From the program notes for my senior recital.

[Wilde: The Cellist of Sarajevo]
From the program notes for my senior recital.

[Sheng: Seven Tunes heard in China]
From the program notes for my senior recital.

[Dvorak: Piano Trio in F minor, Op. 65]
From the program notes for my senior recital.

[Bach: Suite No.2 for Unaccompanied Cello, I.Prelude]
Yet another of those brief papers I had to write for scholarship requirements.

[Stravinsky: Firebird Suite]
A paper written for a Russian Music history class exploring the historic background of the work.

[From Busta Rhymes To Brahms]
A little self-reflection about the development of my interest in classical music.

[Burning the Midnight Oil: The Midnight Quintett]
A little tribute to all the wonderful memories I've been through with Lisa Huang '02, Nori Heikkinen '03 and the other members of the beloved quintet. Plus, find out what the deal is behind the funny spelling in our name!

[Random things]
An ever-growing collection of random facts from the music world. Did you know that Chopin only performed in public 6 times?

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Here's a list of some of the things I've composed...

[Waltz (in the style of Chopin)]
A waltz written for theory class...the title says it all. Some requirements for this were that it had to be in the style of Chopin, the form had to be ternary with the end of the A section to modulating to flat 6 (which I didn't manage very smoothly here), and we had to use a neapolitan chord somewhere (which I kind of smuggled in at the end :-P).

[Canon alla ottava]
A canon I had to write for theory class...I'm kind of proud of this one :P - it's continuous (meaning it repeats on itself without breaking the canon pattern), and has some fragmentation, augmentation and reuse of the opening material in various places of the canon.

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