I Just Don’t “Get” Classical Music

I keep meeting people who tell me they “just don’t get” classical music. Or that they “don’t understand” classical music and therefore cannot appreciate or enjoy it (an attitude which I think is inculcated early on in school and does [...] more >>

by Frances Wilson
February 17th, 2019
Brahms and His Late Piano Works Fantasien Op.116

Johannes Brahms’ (1833-1897) intricate late piano works, from Op.116 to Op.119, were composed from 1892 to 1893 and have been known for their reflective nature, amalgamated with lyricism, desolation and heart-warming moments. The probable dedicatee of these works, Clara Schumann, [...] more >>

by Anson Yeung
February 16th, 2019
A Life in Music — Is Playing Well, Enough?

When I was a young student I sought out the best teachers, practiced many hours, and performed a great deal of repertoire with the ambition to land a position in a major orchestra. I thought playing well would be enough [...] more >>

by Janet Horvath
February 16th, 2019
Schubert: The Grazer and The Wanderer

The musical Fantasy (or Fantasia or Fantasie) has its roots in improvisation and rarely follows a strict musical structure (such as Sonata or Ternary form). In this respect the Fantasy is related to the Impromptu (a genre favoured by Schubert). [...] more >>

by Frances Wilson
February 14th, 2019
Celebrating Collaboration The Piano Accompanist

Piano accompanists are, rather like page turners, the unsung heroes and heroines of the music world, often receiving smaller concert fees and less prominent billing than the singers and instrumentalists with whom they work. Often unfairly regarded as “failed soloists”, [...] more >>

by Frances Wilson
February 10th, 2019
How Embarrassing—I Have a Dust Bunny in My Instrument!

I’d never had one…until today. A dense, dark grey ball the size of a quarter, rolling around inside my cello. I had been practicing the Spanish piece by Gaspar Cassadó Requiebros full of passion and fervor. While wailing on the [...] more >>

by Janet Horvath
February 9th, 2019
Music in Words: The Kreutzer Sonata

“Music carries me immediately and directly into the mental condition in which the man was who composed it. My soul merges with his and together with him I pass from one condition into another, but why this happens I don’t [...] more >>

by Frances Wilson
February 7th, 2019
An Admission of Failure?

Why would a talented leading British composer include a document called a Failure CV on her website, alongside details of her extensive oeuvre and the many plaudits for her work?

by Frances Wilson
February 3rd, 2019