Monthly Archives: December 2010

Cortot, his pupil my teacher, and me

Alfred Cortot, pianist, teacher, editor and conductor, taught one of my teachers, Roy Shepherd, at the Ecole Normale in Paris. As a young pianist studying with Roy, I was lent a copy of Franck’s Prelude, Chorale and Fugue personally fingered by Cortot, with his large … Continue reading

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Christmas trees – particularly Liszt’s

My Liszt researches haven’t yet revealed details of his Christmas traditions, but his daughter Cosima was born on Christmas Eve, 1837, although her birthday was celebrated on Christmas Day. Later, with children of her own, she often writes in her diary of her own … Continue reading

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By Hand

Sotheby’s recent sale of manuscripts by composers such as Birtwistle, Ades and Colin Matthews has raised money for the Heslington Foundation. It also raises awareness of the likely rarity of handwritten music among contemporary composers in a digital age. Tom … Continue reading

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Don’t slow down for the bump

It’s cold here in the UK tonight, very, very cold, snow everywhere, and untreated roads are sheets of ice. So I got stuck this evening on my way home, and sat in an immobile car while the wheels spun uselessly. … Continue reading

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