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Gramophone magazine review of Speaking the Piano

Posted by Susan Tomes on 12 August 2018 under Books, Reviews  •  2 Comments

A fine book from an underrated pianist ‘When my biography of Leopold Godowsky was first published some thirty years ago [writes Jeremy Nicholas in Gramophone magazine], I prefaced the narrative with a quote from Confucius: “I do not seek to be known. I seek to be worthy to be known”. It is a quote that […]

Blackwell’s Bookshop

Posted by Susan Tomes on 13 July 2018 under Books  •  Leave a comment

Here I am signing copies of my book Speaking the Piano this morning in Blackwell’s Edinburgh bookstore. Blackwell’s is my favourite bookshop in Edinburgh. I’m usually there as a customer browsing the latest novels, buying a greetings card or having a coffee, so it was a delightfully through-the-looking-glass kind of experience to be sitting in […]

My new book is noted on ‘The Rest is Noise’ blog

Posted by Susan Tomes on 29 June 2018 under Books  •  4 Comments

My new book ‘Speaking the Piano‘ is noted as being of interest on the Bookshelf page of New Yorker music critic Alex Ross’s influential blog ‘The Rest is Noise’. Let’s hope this mention will bring the book to the attention of some American readers! Some of my best correspondents on this blog are readers in […]

BBC Music: book review, July 2018

Posted by Susan Tomes on 19 June 2018 under Books, Reviews  •  Leave a comment

My book ‘Speaking the Piano‘ was published last week, and by a happy coincidence on the same day it received a five-star review from Jessica Duchen in the July issue of BBC Music magazine. (see photo) ‘Susan Tomes’s insights as a performer and teacher are fully matched by her literary eloquence: at the piano or […]

First glimpse of ‘Speaking the Piano’

Posted by Susan Tomes on 23 May 2018 under Books  •  Leave a comment

My new book ‘Speaking the Piano‘ is due out from Boydell Press in about three weeks’ time. It’s about my experiences of learning and teaching music. In essence it’s a love letter to the joys and benefits of learning an instrument to a high level. Today I received my first pre-publication copy (see photo). It […]