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When Music May Not Be Your “First” Profession
At the risk of sounded clichéd, the coronavirus pandemic has thrown into sharp focus the precarious nature of most professional musicians’ lives. With concert and opera venues closed – and only now beginning to reopen cautiously – many musicians are
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On My Music Desk……
Samuel Coleridge-Taylor – ‘Deep River’
Deep river, my home is over Jordan; Deep river, Lord, I want to cross over into campground.Oh don’t you want to go to that gospel feast, that Promised Land where all is peace?Deep river, Lord, I want to cross over
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My Beethoven by Chris
It’s taken a while to get to this article. When the Interlude.HK organisation requested an article about LVB + Me to contribute to his 250th birthday celebrations, I thought ‘great, how hard can that be?’, and then promptly spent the
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Speaking the Music
Helping audiences to feel the deep connection with music and musicians Musicians are often praised for their ability to “communicate” – through the sounds of music and the accompanying physical gestures in performance which help “tell the story” of the
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New Pieces to Try If You’re Stuck for Repertoire Ideas
Pianists are very spoilt for choice. We have a huge repertoire to draw on and a seemingly endless array of music to explore, with new music being added to the repertoire all the time. In addition, in the world of
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Music & Colours
How I Associate Colours to Music Vocabulary
In a 2018 article entitled Three Shades of Yellow, I explain what synesthesia is — a condition in which one sense, in this case hearing, is simultaneously perceived as if by one or more additional senses, such as sight. I
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Music – Refresher of Spirits
The title page of the first edition of Bach’s Goldberg Variations describes the work as music “for the refreshment of their spirits”. During this time of pandemic, people have turned to music not just to refresh but also to provide
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On My Music Desk……
Benjamin Britten – ‘Notturno’ (Night Piece)
This atmospheric miniature was composed in 1963 as a test piece for the inaugural Leeds Piano Competition (which was won by Michael Roll, the seventeen-year-old pupil of Dame Fanny Waterman, the competition’s founder). The competition committee regarded it as a
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