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Masterclasses Without Tears

The word “masterclass” can, for some, conjure up a terrifying scenario: the “private lesson in public”, with a formidable “master” teacher and a trembling student, their every error and slip heard and duly noted by teacher and audience. I remember [...] more >>

by Frances Wilson
March 23rd, 2016
 
The Great Women Artists Who Shaped Music XVIII – Maria Szymanowska

Maria Szymanowska was an artist ahead of her time. Although her name is unfamiliar to many of us, she was one of the first professional piano virtuosos and a respected composer in 19th-century Europe. Her career foreshadowed that of fellow [...] more >>

by Janet Horvath
March 20th, 2016
 
How You Should Feel in the Key of D major

In our earlier series on C major and minor and G major and minor, we listed Ernst Pauer’s suggestions from 1876 of pieces that fit the particular affect he assigned for a key. For the rest of the major and [...] more >>

by Maureen Buja
March 18th, 2016
 
Nikolaus Harnoncourt (1929-2016) Make it new by making it old

Like an enormous surgeon’s scalpel, the Second World War indiscriminately severed musical and cultural arteries. A new world order was gradually taking shape, and music became a pretty adornment to our busy little lives. Coming of age in the years [...] more >>

by Georg Predota
March 15th, 2016
 
Schubert’s Impromptus

I’ve been playing and listening to Schubert’s Opus 90 Impromptus since I was about 14, when my mother fell in love with Alfred Brendel playing the fourth of the set, in A flat, and insisted that I learn it. So, [...] more >>

by Frances Wilson
March 15th, 2016
 
How You Should Feel in the Key of G Minor

The Austrian composer and pianist Ernst Pauer (1826-1905) was a student of Mozart’s son, Franz Xaver Wolfgang Mozart, before moving to London in 1851. He was one of the first piano professors at the Royal College of Music and also [...] more >>

by Maureen Buja
March 11th, 2016
 
No talking in the stalls please!

Recently I gave a concert in a local church. The audience was small, but they listened attentively and seemed genuinely engaged by the music. All except one person (someone who is connected to me through marriage – but not, I [...] more >>

by Frances Wilson
March 8th, 2016
 
How You Should Feel in the Key of G Major

The Austrian composer and pianist Ernst Pauer (1826-1905) was a student of Mozart’s son, Franz Xaver Wolfgang Mozart, before moving to London in 1851. He was one of the first piano professors at the Royal College of Music and also [...] more >>

by Maureen Buja
March 4th, 2016