Author Archives: Caroline Wright

About Caroline Wright

artist, scientist, musician

How to memorise music, in theory and practice

The question of whether anyone can memorise music was a hot topic of conversation at the magical Lot piano course for advanced amateur pianists, which I had the privilege to attend last week. Our insightful teacher Susan Tomes gave two … Continue reading

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Memorising Beyond the Notes

Most of the time when we think about memorising music, we think about learning the notes. This is perfectly natural of course – without the notes, of which there can be a great many, there would be no music, no … Continue reading

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Interview with… Jeremy Ng (pianist)

Please tell me a little about yourself (profession, musical activities, etc). My musical journey started with the piano when I was about 7 or 8. At that time, I did not like piano and was forced by my parents to … Continue reading

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Analysis of Schubert’s last Piano Sonata

I’ve recently started learning Schubert’s humungous last piano sonata, D960 in Bb major. Written in 1828 just months before his premature death at the tender age of 31, the sonata is a poignant farewell to life with a mixture of … Continue reading

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Spontaneity in Music

Over on the Cross-Eyed Pianist’s blog, the wonderful pianist Stephen Hough said something in his interview that has really resonated with me: “study the score intensely then play as if you’re improvising”. I’ve written previously about improvisation, or spontaneous composition … Continue reading

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To look or not to look…

Here’s a silly question – if you’re not going to look at the score when you play, where should you look? Vocalists typically look out at the audience, as do many instrumental soloists. Pianists (and a few others – cellists, … Continue reading

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Memorising music for beginners

A number of people have mentioned that they would like to try playing from memory, but don’t know where to begin. Why bother, some might ask, when you can just use the score? For me, playing from memory is not … Continue reading

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