Across Three Centuries: Marie Rackham performs her piano memories

Marie Rackham performs her piano memories

Have you noticed your students, your children, or yourself feeling more agitated than usual in these complicated times? Agitation is a serious and unacknowledged obstacle to learning.

There are many good habits and tools that one can employ to increase calmness within oneself and foster a better mental frame for learning. Among them, one of the most accessible and powerful is music, specifically classical music.

In recent years we've seen a number of in-depth studies on the effects of classical music on the capacity of the mind to learn. The benefits of listening to classical music while learning include reduced stress and tension, accelerated learning, greater retention of material learned, higher performance on tests, lower blood pressure, and even increased IQ scores.

Music enhances learning
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Deep in the brain there is a band of white fibers called the corpus callosum. Researchers have discovered that the corpus callosum increases in size when humans are exposed to quiet, classical music. This increase in size increases the communication between the two hemispheres of the brain which, in turn, increases learning efficiency.

Across Three Centuries is a collection of my favorite piano compositions. From Bach to Rackham, it spans three hundred years of piano music. I share with you my piano memories, memories sometimes tedious and frustrating, but ultimately ecstatically satisfying. You will be able to download them for all your favorite devices. Play the music at a low level while you or your students are learning a new concept, reviewing material, or quietly studying.

I hope you enjoy my interpretations as much as I enjoyed performing them.

Marie Rackham

Who This Music is For


Across Three Centuries has been carefully assembled and arranged so that even students without any background in classical music can enjoy and benefit from the music.

Families learning at home, independent learners who wish to increase their memory and powers of concentration, and teachers interested in helping to cultivate calm in the classroom have all benefited from Marie's nuanced and powerful interpretations of these memorable pieces of classical piano music.

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Complete Playlist


Track Composer Piece Length
1 J. S. Bach (1685-1750) Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring 2:10
2 J. S. Bach Prelude #1 1:18
3 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791) Sonata in A 3:22
4 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Sonata in C 4:16
5 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Sonata in G 2:35
6 Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827) Fur Elise 2:37
7 Ludwig van Beethoven Moonlight Sonata 4:45
8 Ludwig van Beethoven Pathetique Sonata 5:02
9 Frederic Chopin (1810-1849) Fantasie Impromptu 4:33
10 Frederic Chopin Prelude #4 1:43
11 Frederic Chopin Prelude #6 1:31
12 Frederic Chopin Prelude #7 0:43
13 Frederic Chopin Minute Waltz 1:47
14 Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847) Spring Song 1:54
15 Robert Schumann (1810-1856) Arabesque 5:05
16 Claude Debussy (1862-1918) The Little Shepherd 1:46
17 Claude Debussy Golliwogg's Cakewalk 2:52
18 Claude Debussy Arabesque #1 3:19
19 Claude Debussy Arabesque #2 4:08
20 Marie Rackham Variations on Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star 2:23


In order to support students and families in these unusual times we're working to keep our rates as affordable as possible.

Across Three Centuries: $16 $10 USD

Immediate access to all 20 downloadable mp3 files for an individual or a family.