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My piano book is in The Spectator’s ‘Books of the Year’

Posted by Susan Tomes on 12 November 2021 under Books, Reviews  •  1 Comment

An exhilarating moment in an otherwise quiet stretch of autumn: Jenny Colgan has chosen my piano book as one of her Books of the Year in The Spectator (the print edition comes out on 13 November). She calls it ‘one of the two most beautiful books I got my hands on this year.’ One can’t […]

‘This is a hugely stimulating book that inspires and enlightens’, says International Piano

Posted by Susan Tomes on 4 November 2021 under Books, Reviews  •  Leave a comment

Renowned piano teacher and educator Murray McLachlan has reviewed my book in International Piano: The Piano: A History in 100 Pieces To read more reviews of this book, click here

Musical Opinion review of ‘The Piano – a History in 100 Pieces’

Posted by Susan Tomes on 2 November 2021 under Books, Reviews  •  Leave a comment

The quarterly magazine Musical Opinion has a review of my book in its October-December 2021 issue. Some excerpts from Julian Jacobson’s review: ‘Susan Tomes’ new book is aimed at the informed amateur or mélomane, in the untranslatable French word: the Radio 3 (perhaps rather than Classic FM) listener or Wigmore Hall and festival devotee. Analysis […]

Review of my piano book on David Barton Music

Posted by Susan Tomes on 19 October 2021 under Books, Reviews  •  2 Comments

Another nice review of The Piano – a History in 100 Pieces, this time on David Barton Music, the website of an educator and researcher. He begins with a description of the book’s contents – and here’s how he sums up: ‘Tomes explores each selected piece in turn, placing it within a historical, cultural and […]

‘Gramophone’ review of my book

Posted by Susan Tomes on 1 October 2021 under Books, Reviews  •  1 Comment

The October issue of the venerable Gramophone magazine has a review of my new book. I reproduce some of it here as the magazine is behind a paywall. The reviewer, Jeremy Nicholas, has quibbles about my choice of pieces, wondering why I included this and not that, but he goes on to say: ‘If one […]

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