Tag Archives: Preludes (Chopin)

Setting the Scene – a Prelude to Disaster

So here we are at the Real Cartuja in the hillside town of Valdemossa. The video below gives some idea of the atmosphere. What brought Chopin, Sand, her two children and a French maid to this extraordinary place? In part, it was the nineteenth … Continue reading

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A Winter in Majorca. Chopin – Preludes Op 28

Planning a winter holiday on the island of Majorca? Accommodation – a deserted monastery, the Real Cartuja, in the village of Valdemossa (above). Perhaps Bach’s Preludes and Fugues wouldn’t be on your list of must-haves, but they were on Chopin’s, when … Continue reading

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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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