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After many years and many setbacks, I have recently restored my old and beloved Steinway piano (built in 1906) and it was like opening a time capsule. At the time I started to play a kind of classical music, enjoying this new sensation, and Rossini was one of the first choices. By the way, this highly-renowned composer was born in Pesaro, which is also my hometown! His music has accompanied my entire life, and this has, perhaps, led me to take his music for granted. But playing his wonderful, inspiring and “anti-pianistic” music over and over is a challenge for both technique and transcription, allowing me once again to enjoy my beloved extended piano techniques and variations.

Mario Mariani, April 2018

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