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Not telling a story

Posted by Susan Tomes on 29 July 2010 under Books, Daily Life, Musings  •  2 Comments

This morning I was coaching a very nice piano trio. We were talking about those ‘abstract’ works of Beethoven where the composer builds his material out of little musical ‘cells’ rather than obvious melodies and counter-melodies. Such works are sometimes more difficult for audiences to make sense of, yet often very satisfying for musicians to […]

Independent review of new music books

Posted by Susan Tomes on 16 July 2010 under Books, Reviews  •  Leave a comment

Today’s Independent newspaper has a review of new books on music, with several paragraphs devoted to mine. Click here if you’d like to read the article by the Independent’s literary editor Boyd Tonkin.

Win a free copy of Out of Silence

Posted by Susan Tomes on 15 July 2010 under Books, Daily Life  •  Leave a comment

BBC Music Magazine is giving away eight copies of my book ‘Out of Silence’. To enter the draw, all you have to do is answer the question: of which trio is Susan Tomes the pianist? The answer’s easy to find on this website. The draw closes on the 9th August, so if you’re interested, click […]

The Oldie magazine review

Posted by Susan Tomes on 12 July 2010 under Books, Reviews  •  Leave a comment

Richard Osborne devotes a large part of his Music column in ‘The Oldie’ magazine (Summer 2010) to my new book. As I don’t have a picture of the magazine I’ve chosen instead an illustration of an real oldie, one of the 700-year-old oaks in Richmond Park. Richard Osborne writes in The Oldie: ‘Pianist and five-star essayist […]

International Piano magazine review

Posted by Susan Tomes on 5 July 2010 under Books  •  3 Comments

Out of Silence has been reviewed by Julian Haylock in the July/August issue of International Piano magazine. The review is not online, so here’s a glimpse: ‘It is remarkable just how much Tomes manages to find illumination in things that may initially appear musically unpromising. … even celebrity chefs unwittingly provide much food for musical […]