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 >>

Yeung Man Lok Anson
October 6th, 2017
Forgotten Pianists: Jean-Claude Englebert

French pianist Jean-Claude Englebert (1923-2011) was born in Paris to a family of musicians. His father, Oscar, was a renowned violist and his mother, Suzanne, was a concert singer. He attended the Paris Conservatoire, taking the first prize in music [...] more >>

by Maureen Buja
October 4th, 2017
10th Anniversary of Premiere Performances Hong Kong

Hardly a month goes by without yet another international music festival rolling down the shutters and closing its doors forever. Festival d’Ile-de-France, City of London Festival or Lugano, the message is always the same. “Despite new directions and initiatives, the [...] more >>

by Georg Predota
October 3rd, 2017