Schumann on Schumann Street

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Neighbors

My neighbor, Ann Downing, came to Maples at the Sonatas with a seven-foot grand piano and a lifelong passion for classical music. I don’t think she chose her new community because its streets are named for composers—Schumann, Handel, and Verdi. But she did choose her Canterbury because her piano fit well in the living room.

Though modest about her talent, Ann is happy to oblige when neighbors ask her to play. Her piano is a delight for both the eyes and the ears. Here’s a look at this lovely instrument.

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And now it is time to hear the piano. Ann enjoys playing works by Schumann, her street’s namesake. Here is a short excerpt from his Piano Concerto in A Minor, Op. 54.

 

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