Andras Schiff plays Bach for about an hour every morning. "There is something very pure about it," the pianist says. Nadia F. Romanini/ECM records hide caption

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Andras Schiff's 'Well-Tempered' Guide To Bach

The pianist's relationship with the Well-Tempered Clavier is like a successful lifelong marriage.

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Robert Schumann may have been the first to infuse a yearning for music of the past in his own compositions. Joseph Kriehuber/Wikimedia Commons hide caption

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Schumann's Culture Of Musical Nostalgia

The pianist asserts Robert Schumann was the first to imbue a longing for the past in his own music.

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Communication was not a strong suit for Robert and Clara Schumann. But music surely was. Lebrecht Music/Corbis hide caption

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Jonathan Biss: Meet The Schumanns (And Their Cryptic Communications)

The pianist performs Robert Schumann's music and decodes musical love notes to his wife Clara.

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Composer Robert Schumann has his share of critics. Pianist Jonathan Biss is out to prove them wrong. Michael Nicholson/Corbis hide caption

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Jonathan Biss: Shooting Down The Schumann Detractors

The acclaimed pianist performs and defends music by a misunderstood composer.

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Kept From Playing Piano, Vanessa Perez Pushes Through To Success

A rising Venezuelan pianist explains how she overcame her mother's fears to pursue her destiny.

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