Music is What Keeps Me Sane

Dr. Phillip M. Feldman

Clearly, I'm not listening (and playing) enough.

My instrument is the piano. Nothing else works so well alone. But, four-handed piano is huge fun, and there are many lovely piano-string duets.

I don't have a favorite composer. If pressed hard enough, I'd say "Mozart, Bach, Chopin, Tchaikovsky, and Rachmaninov".

Sheet Music Archives:

My Sheet Music Archive

Note: Many items in the above archive are old editions published in the former Soviet Union, and not covered by any copyright. There are some items for which the copyright status is unknown. If you have definite knowledge that something that I've posted is covered by a copyright that is valid in the United States, please send me e-mail:

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Favorite Short Music Videos:

#1: Waltz of the Flowers, Tchaikovsky
#2: The Gran Jota de Concierto, Tárrega
#3: Bolero, Ravel
#4: 'Si Un Jour', based on music from Verdi's opera La Forza del Destino, sung by Natasha Marsh
#5: Flight of the Bumblebee, Rimsky-Korsakov


#4: The second theme in 'Si Un Jour', which begins at 1:52 into the recording, reminds me of some of the Sephardic and Italian Jewish melodies that I heard as a child and young adult. It is not similar to any one of these melodies, but the feeling is somehow the same.

#5: The original, unedited version of this video can be found at the following URL: Jenö Lisztes and Franz Liszt must be related!

Unanswered Questions:

(1) It seems as though there are no post-1950 composers of orchestral music on the same level as the great composers of 1650-1950. Is this a misperception? If so, whom would you rank on a par with Bach, Mozart, Haydn, Tchaikovsky, and so on? If not, what is the explanation? Is it that composers are simply following the money, which is no longer in orchestral composition, or is there something more fundamental going on?

Last update: 27 Aug., 2017