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Learning Piano at Mom's Knee

Fanny Mendelssohn CJ Begas / Courtesy Wikimedia
58min 55sec : Learning piano at Mom's knee

When Fanny Mendelssohn was born, her mother, Lea, was reported to say she had "good Bach fingers." Lea went on to teach Fanny and her younger brother, Felix, how to play piano.

On this week's Learning to Listen, you'll hear from composers and performers who learned piano from their mothers before moving on to conservatories and other studies, in honor of Mother's Day.

Program Playlist

Fanny Mendelssohn
The Year: August
Sarah Rothenberg, piano
Arabesque 6666

Edvard Grieg
Two Melodies
Norwegian Chamber Orchestra
Iona Brown, conductor
Virgin 45224

Sergey Prokofiev
Juvenilia: Allegro in F, Scherzo in D major, Waltz in G minor, Fugue in D major
Frederic Chiu, piano
Harmonia Mundi 907191

Felix Mendelssohn
String Quartet no. 5, 4th movement
Emerson Quartet
DG 3888

Mily Balakirev
Islamey
Yefim Bronfman, piano
Sony 60689

Bela Bartók
First Rhapsody for Violin & Piano
Shank-MacLaughlin duo
Centaur 2440

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Fantasia in D minor
Glenn Gould, piano
Sony 52627

Fanny Mendelssohn CJ Begas / Courtesy Wikimedia

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