Thinking Aloud

Much of my teaching is based on visualisation, a technique I learnt from my first teacher as an adult pianist and one which I use daily with my students and my own practising and playing as a way of engaging [...] more >>

by Frances Wilson
November 19th, 2017
A passionate pursuit: the musician’s mastery

a psychological force that stimulates an individual to attempt independently, in a focused and persistent manner, to solve a problem or master a skill or task which is at least moderately challenging for him or her. Mastery Motivation: Definition and [...] more >>

by Frances Wilson
November 12th, 2017
Forgotten Quartets Quatuor Capet (1893-1928)

The artistic destinies of those who lived through the cultural ferment in France between 1870-1939, form an interlocking web of cross- influences and political intrigue which can be difficult for the historian to unravel.

by Guy Francis
November 7th, 2017
Slowly, and with feeling

The opening track of pianist Lucas Debargue’s debut album is a fleeting sonata by Scarlatti (K 208). It’s a miniature miracle of control, voicing and expression, its emotional impact helped in no small part by the pianist’s choice of tempo [...] more >>

by Frances Wilson
November 5th, 2017
The Art of the Piano Étude

The piano study or ‘Étude’ has long engaged and challenged pianists, and the practice of writing Études to provide practice material for perfecting a particular pianistic technique, such as playing octaves, thirds or rapid scalic passages, developed in the early [...] more >>

by Frances Wilson
November 2nd, 2017
Music 33,000 Feet Above Aeroflot

How does one kill time on board a transcontinental flight? Some are determined to sleep over. Some keep watching movies until get tired and fall asleep. Those in the business or first class may lie down to have a decent [...] more >>

by Rudolph Tang
October 29th, 2017
How music is catalogued

To help identify and organise pieces of music by a particular composer, individual compositions or sets of works are usually given an “Opus” number. The word “opus” is Latin and means “work” or “work of art”, often abbreviated as “Op.”, [...] more >>

by Frances Wilson
October 29th, 2017
An autumn sonata – Schubert’s Piano Sonata in A, D959

The Sonata in A, D959, is the middle panel of the triptych of Schubert’s final sonatas. Schubert completed his final three piano sonatas in September 1828, just a few months before his death at the age of 31. Schubert numbered [...] more >>

by Frances Wilson
October 26th, 2017