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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)


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).

Think of this as your open-all-hours, cyber green room, where there's always a performer or performance to discuss, some news to digest, or maybe just a little good gossip to share.
Note: Tim Smith now writes about the fine arts at This blog will be kept in place as an archive for an indefinite period. Please visit the new location to get the latest Mid-Atlantic arts coverage.
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