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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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Interview with… Hayley Hind (music therapist)

Please tell me a little about yourself (profession, musical activities, etc). I am a music therapist working with adults with learning disabilities, a piano teacher, pianist, accompanist and, as of recently, part-time PhD student. I study the piano with Heli … Continue reading

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Memory and improvisation

Having just watched “Keith Jarrett – the Art of Improvisation”, I’ve been wondering about how improvisers use memory. Jarrett is a universally acclaimed master of jazz piano improvisation, who’s astonishingly intense physical performances glitter with amazing technique and dense contrapuntal … Continue reading

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