February 17, 2018

Exactly 163 years ago, on the night of 17th February 1854, Robert Schumann wrote down a short, chorale-like melody for piano. Though this melody is based on a theme he had written previously and used in compositions as recently as 1853, Schumann believed he was not onl...

February 12, 2018

Today we say happy birthday to Czech pianist and composer Jan Ladislav Dussek - born this day in 1760. For once I won't be complaining about a composer being neglected, because Dussek's reputation reminds intact. His sonatinas are often seen on student piano stands, an...

February 3, 2018

Today we say happy birthday to one Émile Prudent, born this day in 1817.  I’m ashamed to say (yet again!) that until today I hadn’t even heard of Prudent, let alone tackled any of his music, but one of the joys of my daily delve into the nineteenth-century is the disco...

September 16, 2017

Anyone who attends my piano recitals will know I love discovering music by forgotten, neglected or otherwise lesser-known composers. Recent concerts have featured programmes made up of music by women composers only (yes, there were a lot of them in the nineteenth centu...

August 31, 2017

The other evening, while improvising an entry for my Piano Diary, I found myself drawn to playing the melody from 'Can't Help Falling In Love' - and so had fun improvising around that famous tune, instead. As you may be aware, the Elvis Presley song from 1961 is actual...

August 29, 2017

Have you ever looked at a word for so long it doesn't look like that word any more? So long that it doesn't seem to make sense any more? The word freelance has been a little bit like that for me lately. I've been working as a 'Freelance Musician, Vocal...

June 5, 2017

In mid-May I decided to start a 'piano diary' project. The idea was to post an entry each day for thirty consecutive days, but life and indeed travels got in the way, and so today marked just the eighth entry. Each entry is a short improvisation: I go into my studio, s...

January 23, 2017

He was considered the foremost pianist of his day, but you've probably never heard of him. He was one of the leading piano teachers in Europe in the 1820s and 1830s, but his popular method had faded into obscurity. He was an innovator, one who became wealthy through pi...

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