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I was given a beautiful book for Christmas last year – Rendez-vous with Art by Philippe de Montebello, Director of New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art for 31 years until 2008, and the art critic Martin Gayford. As I leafed through it, seeing photos of some favourite paintings, I was struck by how some familiar [...]
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I met a woman recently who told me that the thermostat in her apartment was set to an unchanging 24 degrees Celsius, from January to December. We can’t (yet) control the sun and clouds even if we can create a home bubble of thermal perfection. But rather than a fixed temperature maybe we should have [...]
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A concert pianist is someone who plays the piano in concerts. So far so good, although it may be worth adding the adverb ‘regularly’ to that description. Someone did once tell me that his Aunt Ada was a concert pianist. “She had a lovely touch and played to great acclaim in a concert in our [...]
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Last Saturday, as I walked up to the Winspear Centre for my final concert with the Edmonton Symphony, I saw someone being wheeled up the ramp to the front entrance. It appeared that he was coming from a bus which had brought a large number of old people to the concert, perhaps from a nursing [...]
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IT’S perhaps no surprise that the death of Terry Sue-Patt, the actor who played Benny Green in the BBC school drama Grange Hill, is one of the most-read items on the Telegraph’s website this weekend. Like many of Grange Hill’s child stars, he had a relatively low-profile acting career as an adult,  and there are [...]
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A pianist friend recently sent me this link to an article by Rachmaninov, or at least one constructed from an interview with him in 1910. The Etude was a popular American magazine published by Theodore Presser from 1883 until 1957 which covered many musical topics and included contributions from many pianists over the years. Any [...]
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No two composers were more totally at home in front of the piano than Debussy and Chopin, hands to keys to strings to sound waves to pen and paper in one perfect gesture of inspiration. They both changed the way we hear the sound of the piano, both of them inventors of sonority. Chopin took bel [...]
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Since my Blog has been transformed into a Column, I have received emails asking where I have gone! This is the link to my new page, on which everything I write can be found. Thank you so much for following me since I began the Blog. Your support and encouragement have been wonderful. Please keep [...]
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Many of us become acquainted with metronomes from our earliest years studying music. I remember the dark wooden pyramids from my childhood which later developed into small, battery-run plastic boxes and then, more recently, into apps for smartphones. The metronome was invented by Johann Nepomuk Maelzel in 1815 and immediately championed with great enthusiasm by [...]
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