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21 Jan 2015

 So here it is - the third and final movement of Mon Livre Rouge!

 

Since this week all the video edits of Mon Livre Rouge are up for the close scrutiny of... well, anyone, really!

 

The solo piano piece, composed by Jannum Kruidhof, was finished in October 2014 and record...

19 Nov 2014

So, Philip Glass. Not exactly a challenge for any pianist, but made very interesting indeed by the choreography made to it - it's always wonderful to work with dancers. 

"Solo Piano" (1989) is an album of piano music composed by Philip Glass. It was produced by Kurt Mun...

19 Nov 2014

A couple of years ago, I heard this piece performed, and then didn't rest until I'd hunted down a copy of it.

 

The only one I could find was the rather fancy "Limited Edition" printed by Breitkopf & Härtel in 2002 - pretty green hardcover, gold lettering, the works - wh...

30 Aug 2014

Any piece described as "for the profit and use of musical youth desirous of learning, and especially for the pastime of those already skilled in this study" by the composer is going to be interesting at the very least.

 

And then it turns out that J.S. Bach, the Maestro,...

29 Aug 2014

Fauré was one of the foremost French composers of his generation. He was actually recognized as such within France at the time, but not so much outside it (except for in the UK), which is pretty notable - it tends to be the other way around!

 

Since, when he was born in...

28 Aug 2014

Grieg's Lyric Pieces are perhaps his most well-known.

 

He's written ten books of them, 66 in total, the great majority of them following the popular style of the late nineteenth and early twentieth century: short, not too complicated character pieces, mostly following...

24 Feb 2013

Gaspard de la Nuit is one of the milestones within piano literature.

 

When Ravel dreamed it up in 1909, he specifically set out to compose something more difficult from Balakirew's still-notorious Islamey. The result of that endeavour consists of three pieces, based on...

6 Jun 2012

Of course, I'm not an Irish Princess engaged to the King of Cornwall although dramatically in love with his nephew.

 

But we do share a name.

 

Therefore, my favourite final piece (or in this particular case, encore) involves dying tragically on a stage. I hope to finish i...

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