Monday, March 1 marks the 200th anniversary of Frederick Chopin’s birthday. In honor of one of my favorite composers let’s talk about the web site of pianist Louis Lortie. For me this web site is the epitome of why we bother to build web sites. Louis Lortie is a concert pianist and recording artist. At his site there is a great depth of information about him, his career and discography, and, most interesting, it showcases his thoughts about music interpretation and its challenges.
Here’s the treasure you’ll find on just one page, Chopin:
- An excerpt from the score of a Chopin Etude
- A series of videos
- A photo of Chopin
The series of short videos showcase Lortie playing two of the Chopin Etudes (a glorious aural experience) and Lortie, at the piano, talking about his approach to playing the etudes while playing excerpts to illustrate his thoughts. As each video plays, its title changes from black to lavender so you can keep track of where you are in the series. Or, you can click on the one you want to hear. Great user interface design! Notice that underneath the video the timer is presented as a musical staff! Clever design!
My only criticism is that the text on the home page is hard to read – a result of using a justified right margin and the italic font with very little line spacing. The opacity factor on the font doesn’t help either.
Lortie has created a passionate web site with great depth of information that gives us a window into his soul and the beauty of the music he plays.
Analysis by Smart Alice Web Design & Photography, smart web design for businesses who want a unique and effective presence on the internet.