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By Heart (book review)

Earlier this year, I received a copy of “By Heart: the Art of Memorising Music” by harpsichordist and blogger Paul Cienniwa. Published in 2014, this little gem is exactly the kind of book I had been searching for when I started … 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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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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Playing from the score

Since starting this blog a year ago, I’ve come to realise that I am a memorising snob! To me, memorising music is the same as learning it. Although there is far, far more to learning and successfully performing a piece … Continue reading

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Interview with… Roland Robert (violinist, pianist, composer)

Please tell me a little about yourself (profession, musical activities, etc). I am a principally a violinist and have performed in various capacities as soloist, chamber and orchestral musician. I studied violin and piano as joint first study at the … Continue reading

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Chetham’s, school of flying fingers

I have just returned from an amazing week at Chetham’s International Piano Summer School in Manchester, UK. This year was my third visit and, as usual, it didn’t disappoint. The summer school is full of hundreds of piano-maniacs, ranging from … Continue reading

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Memorising a piece away from the instrument

I did something amazing this weekend – I memorised a new piece. And I did it mostly at my kitchen table. The new piece in question is a short three-movement work by contemporary Finnish composer Einojuhani Rautavaara. Originally written in … Continue reading

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