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
“Music is Life” Zuzana Růžičková (1927-2017)

Zuzana Růžičková (1927-2017) experienced personal tragedy and suffering on an unimaginable scale! She was a happy but sickly child suffering from tuberculosis, who “was in love with music from the beginning.” She asked her parents to buy her a piano [...] more >>

by Georg Predota
October 25th, 2017
Sooner or Later? Tempo Rubato

Tempo rubato in music – literally “robbed” or “stolen time” in Italian – refers to a subtle slowing or speeding up of tempo. It is most closely associated with the music of Fryderyk Chopin, his friend and fellow composer Franz [...] more >>

by Frances Wilson
October 22nd, 2017
4 hands 1 keyboard Music for piano duet

The piano duet – four hands sharing one keyboard – was once an important part of musical activity, to be enjoyed at home and in the cultural salons of Europe during the 19th and early 20th centuries, and in more [...] more >>

by Frances Wilson
October 17th, 2017
The Impartial Teacher

I believe that our personal musical tastes should not influence the way we teach, and that we should not impose our preferences or prejudices on our students. Our role as teachers should be encourage students to explore as wide a [...] more >>

by Frances Wilson
October 15th, 2017
Ten things to say to a classical music snob

Despite the best efforts of those of us within the profession, and many outside it too, classical music still suffers from an image problem. It is perceived by many as high-brow, exclusive and riven with snobbery, largely the result of [...] more >>

by Frances Wilson
October 9th, 2017
Stop Start

During a conversation in a recent lesson with one of my students, she told me that her previous teacher would stop her every time she made a mistake and ask her to correct the error before continuing. She admitted to [...] more >>

by Frances Wilson
October 8th, 2017
Scriabin’s Prometheus and his Religious & Artistic Beliefs

Alexander Scriabin (1872-1915) believed that art was separated from reality and existed as a pure form. Having deep faith in theosophy and perceiving himself as the Divine in the world, he was also influenced by Friedrich Nietzsche’s concept of Übermensch [...] more >>

by Anson Yeung
October 6th, 2017