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November 25, 2010

A bit of musical thanks for Thanksgiving, by way of Grieg

As Robert and I head to Northern Virginia to celebrate Thanksgiving with my parental units, sister, nephew, cousin and a couple of our treasured friends, I wanted to thank all of you for checking out this blog. I'm always grateful for your responses and, occasionally, even for some of your retorts.

To convey my thanks, I thought a little music would be appropriate, and I remembered a tender keyboard work that just happens to be called

"Thanks." I get the impression few pianists bother learning Grieg's "Lyric Pieces" these days, perhaps considering them too slight or sticky. Pity. There are wonderful things here. I particularly love this item, which I enjoy playing whenever I have a few minutes at the piano. It's far from the best known of the "Lyric Pieces," but one of the most endearing, IMHO, and extra appropriate for Thanksgiving.

So have a great holiday, and please accept, courtesy of Grieg, my thanks for visiting this site:


Posted by Tim Smith at 7:46 AM | | Comments (1)
        

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I've been planning to start on Greig's set of lyric pieces, but other pieces had higher priority. I think hearing this changed that. I'm off to the piano to play it now (I bought the music last year). Thanks

Glad to be of service. TIM

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About Tim Smith
Born and raised in Washington, D.C., I couldn't help but develop a keen interest in politics, but music, theater and visual art also proved great attractions. Music became my main focus after high school. I thought about being a cocktail pianist, but I hated taking requests, so I studied music history instead, earning a B.A. in that field from Eisenhower College (Seneca Falls, N.Y.) and an M.A. from Occidental College (Los Angeles). I then landed in journalism. After freelancing for the Washington Post and others, I was classical music critic for the Sun-Sentinel in South Florida, where I also contributed to NPR. I've written for the New York Times, BBC Music Magazine and other publications, and I'm a longtime contributor to Opera News. My book, The NPR Curious Listener's Guide to Classical Music (Perigee, 2002), can be found on the most discerning remainder racks.

I joined the Baltimore Sun as classical music critic in 2000 and, in 2009, also became theater critic, giving me the opportunity to annoy a whole new audience. In 2010, my original Clef Notes blog expanded to encompass a theatrical component -- how could I resist calling it Drama Queens? I hope you'll find both sides of this blog coin worth exploring and reacting to; your own comments are always welcome and valued (well, most of them, at least).

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