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Who Actually Won @ the 16th Tchaikovsky Competition?

Eleven days (June 17th to 27th) of complete immersion in the 2019 International Tchaikovsky Competition, enduring palm-sweating, heart-racing, and adrenalin-pumping conditions, while witnessing an array of ultra demanding repertoire mastered by especially fine musicians all day – that is my [...] more >>

by Ellen Wong Tso
July 17th, 2019
 
A Sense of Ownership

My version of Bach’s C major Prelude will not be the same as yours. Sure, we’ve been working from the same score, processing the same notes, we may even play the piece on the same instrument, but it won’t be [...] more >>

by Frances Wilson
July 14th, 2019
 
Making It in the Music World I

If you have been playing and practicing music for most of your life, you probably see those who have made it in concert halls and onto the world stage as amazing beings that transcend most mortal humans. You may be [...] more >>

by Rob J Kennedy
July 12th, 2019
 
Romanticism Reincarnated: Bill Evans’ ‘Peace Piece’

A peaceful ostinato figure, grounded and tranquil, opens the work. After a few bars, a serenely beautiful yet simple melody is heard in the treble which melts into a series of increasingly complex variations, the initial theme dissolving into trills [...] more >>

by Frances Wilson
July 11th, 2019
 
The Little Festival That Could: Verdi’s Falstaff at The Grange Festival

The Grange Festival has dramatically risen from operatic ashes after the previous management team marched off in 2016 with the chairs, lighting, database and many of the all-important sponsors. The backers of the glorious but dilapidated venue in Hampshire quickly [...] more >>

by Philip Eisenbeiss
July 10th, 2019
 
What’s with Bach

For over three centuries, Bach’s music has fascinated both musicians, composers and performers, and listeners. It seems like his music never ages and finds context in each century, generation after generation. Musicians from all genres—from classical to popular music—learn from [...] more >>

by Doug Thomas
July 8th, 2019
 
Unwritten Things – Going Beyond the Notes

The music is behind those dots. You search for it…I play, so to speak, from the other side of the printed score, looking backVladimir Horowitz The notated musical score is a wonderful thing. Contained within it are myriad markings, signs, [...] more >>

by Frances Wilson
July 7th, 2019
 
The Sound of 78s

I remember growing up listening to my grandmother’s gramophone. As a child, the sound always enthralled me, it still does.

by Rob J Kennedy
July 5th, 2019