Category Archives: Composers

Promenade; Tuileries – Fun and Games in the Gardens

After the shadowed reverie induced by Il Vecchio Castello, it’s as if Mussorgsky needs a brisk walk to shake himself up a little. The final G# is used as a pivot to turn us into the bright sunshine of B major … Continue reading

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Schubert – edited by Brahms. Drei Klavierstucke D946, No 2

It was one of those moments. One of those moments when you hear music for which you would climb down a ladder; one of those moments when you are driving and you hear something on the radio which keeps you … Continue reading

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Falling in Love with Beethoven. And Falling into the Pond … Beethoven Variations

I fell in love with Beethoven at the age of ten. I can remember saying to one of the inspirational academic music teachers at my school, ‘Who is your favourite composer? Mine’s Beethoven.’ Hers was Bach. It was all because … Continue reading

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A Mere Bagatelle – or two …

bagatelle ˌbaɡəˈtɛl/ noun  -something of little value or importance; a trifle  -a thing regarded as too unimportant or easy to be worth much consideration  -a short and light musical composition, typically for the piano. This post is about two of Beethoven’s … Continue reading

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Ravel – Gaspard de la Nuit

As a child, I was fascinated by the cover art of this record from my parents’ LP collection, as well as by the musical works on the disc, including Gaspard de la Nuit. Especially Ondine.  Ondine Aloysius Bertrand (1807-1841 ) …I … Continue reading

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Lest We Forget

It is the weekend of Remembrance, more poignantly felt this year perhaps as we remember the centenary of the commencement of WW1 in 1914. This morning I make an early stop at Tower Hill to see the breathtaking installation of 888,246 … Continue reading

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Nocturnes by Schumann and Mendelssohn. But not the usual suspects …

Some years ago, the Promenade Concerts in London  were criticized for not programming any works by women composers. Lest I be tarred with the same brush, here are nocturnes by Clara Schumann, from her 6 Soirées musicales, Op. 6 of  1836, … Continue reading

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