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CHILD’S PLAY Piano music for and about children

Music for children has inspired composers from J S Bach to the present day. Bach’s Twelve Little Preludes were included in Wilhelm Friedemann Bach’s Klavierbüchlein, a collection of short pieces for one of Bach’s sons, and intended to help the [...] more >>

by Frances Wilson
July 4th, 2018
 
No Ordinary Competition The 33rd Irving Klein International String Competition

If you hope to have a career in music sooner or later you’ll have to participate in some sort of competition. Although they can be life-changing for a young person’s career, the preparation is arduous, and an audition or contest [...] more >>

by Janet Horvath
July 1st, 2018
 
The adult learner

It’s always pleasing to meet people who play the piano as adults (I am of course referring to amateur pianists as opposed to professionals who play for a living). Some have played all their life; some return to the piano [...] more >>

by Frances Wilson
July 1st, 2018
 
LA GIOCONDA Teatro Valli, Reggio Emilia, 8 April 2018

P: “May I get a ticket for Emilia-Romagna?” CASHIER: “Emilia-Romagna? Which city?” P: “The city of Emilia-Romagna.” CASHIER: “Signore, Emilia-Romagna is not a city! It’s a region!!” P: “Wow! Really?” Briefly, I refocused. CASHIER: “Milano? Bologna? Reggio Emilia? P: “Ah! [...] more >>

by Peter Hermes
June 29th, 2018
 
When a performance goes well

Most of us tend to focus on the things that didn’t go so well in a performance – the misplaced notes, the smudged runs, the memory slips. Analysing why these things happened and exploring solutions to problems or finding ways [...] more >>

by Frances Wilson
June 24th, 2018
 
Grigory Sokolov in Helsinki

Hailed as one of the best living pianists in the world, Grigory Sokolov offered a magically sublime and absorbing concert experience to the 1,700 audience in Helsinki Music Centre (Musiikkitalo) on 14 June 2018, with a programme of Haydn and [...] more >>

by Anson Yeung
June 23rd, 2018
 
In Memoriam: Gennady Rozhdestvensky (1931-2018)

Working as an artist within the Soviet political and cultural system was always a tightrope act. Gennady Rozhdestvensky (1931-2018), one of the great conductors of the last half-century explains, “I lived with communism for more than 50 years, and I [...] more >>

by Georg Predota
June 20th, 2018
 
Should I be applauding now?

Every year, around the time of the start of the BBC Proms, that wonderful 2-month long festival of music, the thorny issue of when to applaud rears its head. In fact, the debate over the appropriateness of applause is ongoing, [...] more >>

by Frances Wilson
June 17th, 2018