Archive for the ‘Books’ Category

Pianists and writing: what’s the link?

Posted by Susan Tomes on 5 October 2010 under Books, Concerts, Musings  •  4 Comments

In BBC Music magazine, Rebecca Franks muses on why the musicians who write books about their experience of music tend to be pianists. Read her article. It’s a fascinating topic and one I’m often asked about. There are various possibilities: pianists are loners, and so are writers. The composers of great piano music were often people […]

Wimbledon BookFest on Saturday

Posted by Susan Tomes on 28 September 2010 under Books, Concerts  •  Leave a comment

The Wimbledon BookFest has asked me to mention them, and I’m happy to spread the word as my own event is one of the first in this year’s BookFest. The festival runs from 2-10 October and you can find out more here. On the evening of Saturday 2 October I’m giving a talk, at a lovely […]

Words from a Master

Posted by Susan Tomes on 13 August 2010 under Books, Musings  •  Leave a comment

A gift arrives from America: a pianist colleague has kindly sent me Barbara Alex’s handsome new book about Hungarian piano professor Gyorgy Sebok, who died in 1999. Like all Sebok’s former students, I love to be reminded of how he spoke. He had a gift for aphorism which I’ve never heard equalled, but that doesn’t do […]

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.