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Dear friends,

I am thrilled to announce that the JoAM is now also available as a digital PDF download! It looks fantastic on any computer screen, but even more impressive on an iPad! I especially enjoy it on my iBooks or Kobo reader, and it makes it extremely enjoyable to read. If you are a print subscriber, you can request a download at no additional charge, just let us know you want it! If you are new, get your digital copy now! Just visit our Subscribe! Buy! page on this website.

Hot off the press!

After more than two years since the last issue, a new print version of The Journal of a Musician is finally ready!  Current subscribers will be receiving their copy shortly, and those interested in subscribing can click on the tab above or on the image below!

This Fall 2010 issue features amazing articles, including an exclusive, and extensive, interview with opera superstar Natalie Dessay; an amazing essay on Postmodernism in Music by Patrick Liddell, and some impressions on the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Lollapalooza, Lady Gaga, and much much more! This is our biggest, most beautiful issue yet.

If you are not yet a subscriber, it’s time to get it now!  Just click on the magazine for all the information you need…

New JoAM coming out soon!

After a long hiatus, the JoAM is nearly ready to be published again!  More information will come on how to receive a print edition soon.

Consumed with Beethoven…

My life has literally been consumed by all things Beethoven since last year, and some of the work on this site has fallen behind.  However, this website will seriously develop over the summer, when time will allow me to do so.  A new print edition will also be brought to life.

But since Beethoven is such a focus of my life now, I am adding  a Beethoven section to this website as well, where some thoughts on the god will be shared.

I also encourage you to visit the site of the International Beethoven Project and of my performing group, the Beethoven Project Trio, with which I will be giving my New York debut May 18th at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall.

Thank you for your support!

George Lepauw – Editor

Celebrating and remembering the fall of the Wall

Music is powerful in many ways, and the great cellist Mstislav Rostropovich wanted to mark a very important moment in human history and in his own life, by flying from Paris to Berlin as soon as he heard the news.   Once at the wall, he borrowed a chair from a guard station and started to play Bach…  here is a news clip from that remarkably moving moment, already twenty years ago.

Rostropovich Plays Bach at the Wall, November 10th. 1989

Let us know your thoughts about this.

Alicia de Larrocha

The great Spanish pianist Alicia de Larrocha died this past weekend.  She was a true artist, with a very individual musical personality and approach to piano playing.  She also proved that size does not matter when it comes to playing anything at all on the piano, as she did it all with her diminutive hands.  And she did it great, with fire!  See the New York Times obituary.

Please share your thoughts about this great musician, especially if you have any anecdotes about her!

A lot is happening now!

And much of it has to do with my trio, The Beethoven Project Trio, as we are recording in New York! To follow all of this, please visit our blog at


This is going to be a very interesting site as more and more material, thoughts, and information gets posted. Please visit often!