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Scottish Journal of Performance: book review

Posted by Susan Tomes on 26 June 2015 under Books, Reviews  •  Leave a comment

‘Sleeping in Temples is the fourth book by the pianist and author Susan Tomes. The book is drawn from the author’s memories, experiences and thoughts about the music she has been intensely and sincerely committed to as a pianist performing at the highest international standard for many years. Tomes describes the book as being about the […]

Australian radio interview coming up

Posted by Susan Tomes on 19 June 2015 under Books, Musings  •  Leave a comment

I recently did an interview with Andrew Ford of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s ‘The Music Show’. We talked mainly about my book ‘Sleeping in Temples’, but strayed onto other topics such as why it is that, in the last movement of Beethoven’s E major piano sonata opus 109, it’s so touching when the theme comes back […]

Chamber Music America magazine

Posted by Susan Tomes on 15 April 2015 under Books  •  Leave a comment

The new issue of Chamber Music America magazine has as its endpiece an abridged version of one of the chapters of my book ‘Sleeping in Temples’. It’s the chapter called ‘The Iceberg’, in which I contrast the huge amount of time most musicians spend practising and playing for no listeners with the relatively small amount of […]

The Highland Lady’s memories of practising

Posted by Susan Tomes on 6 April 2015 under Books, Daily Life, Musings  •  Leave a comment

I wrote a while ago about the memoirs of Elizabeth Grant of Rothiemurchus, ‘the Highland Lady’, whose memoirs of life in Scotland in the early 19th century were so popular. Now I’m reading her later volume of memoirs, written when she was married and helping to run an estate in Ireland. In her Scottish memoirs, she recalls with […]

American Library Association magazine review

Posted by Susan Tomes on 12 March 2015 under Books, Reviews  •  1 Comment

My new book has had its first ‘review’ in the States. ‘Choice’, the professional magazine of the American Library Association, has recommended it for students, professionals, and general readers. This is a big step forward because ‘Choice’ is an important influence on what US librarians order for their libraries. ‘An award-winning professional pianist and chamber musician, Tomes has loved “sleeping in […]