It is 9pm or so on a warm evening in mid-Spring. My mother, fiancé and I are about to sit down to a late dinner when we hear an unexpected knock at the front door. Excusing myself, I leave the table to answer it. … More If Hitler Were a Good Painter
Today, the shortest day of 2016, felt like a good enough excuse to throw together a list of ‘happy pieces’ … More Music for the Shortest Day
Sometimes small things are the most transformative. … More 7 Explicit Seconds
This is a list of propositions that are either a) not completely true, and/or b) something I was unable to write a complete post about. … More Unconfirmed and Incomplete
A private school that I’ve recently been working for just received a generous anonymous donation of a baby grand piano, insured for £60,000. I happened to be there the day after it arrived… … More A Piano by any other Colour?
As professional musicians, friends of mine play at weddings and I often like to find out what they’ve been asked to play. They get all sorts, of course, and are always obliging. … More Repetition, Again
‘There is still much good music to be written in C Major’. Arnold Schoenberg’s comment is often invoked in opposition to certain tonal composers of the 20th century.
And so it is again. … More Einaudi’s Dead Horse
Francis Picabia’s La Nourrice Americaine (‘The American Nurse’) was performed in its original form for the first and, it seems, last time in 1920. The pianist is unconfirmed and the duration of the performance is unknown. … More Repetition