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Tackling Chopin’s F major Nocturne

Posted by Susan Tomes on 8 August 2018 under Daily Life, Musings, Teaching  •  3 Comments

One of my summer projects has been to learn all the Chopin Nocturnes. Strangely enough I have never tackled them properly, and some of them, it turns out, I hardly knew even by ear. Getting to know them has given me tremendous respect for Chopin’s compositional skills as well as his genius for piano writing. […]

How would Robert Schumann design his own record cover?

Posted by Susan Tomes on 5 June 2018 under Daily Life, Musings  •  Leave a comment

I have been practising a lot of Schumann’s music lately in preparation for various music festivals over the summer. It’s always a pleasure to play Schumann and when you play a lot of different compositions, you get really into his way of thinking. His mindset feels unstable, or shall I say ‘stably unstable’. His moods […]

Looking forward to spring weather in France

Posted by Susan Tomes on 8 April 2018 under Daily Life, Travel  •  3 Comments

Tomorrow I’m off to France to spend a week on the jury of the Lyon International Chamber Music Competition. This year the competition is for piano trio – the classic combination of piano, violin and cello. From time to time I come across people who think -very reasonably – that ‘a piano trio’ must consist […]

Ice dancing

Posted by Susan Tomes on 25 March 2018 under Daily Life, Inspirations  •  1 Comment

On a walk today I found myself passing the ice skating rink (‘the coolest place in town!’) where my late father was a devoted member of the skating club for about fifty years. He went every Saturday evening and every Sunday afternoon. We children tried ice skating as well, but were not as taken by […]

Checking proofs of my new book

Posted by Susan Tomes on 18 March 2018 under Books, Daily Life, Musings  •  2 Comments

Over the last few days I have been checking the proofs of my new book, Speaking the Piano, due out in June from Boydell Press (see photo). Before we got to this point, there have been several other stages of editing. Various friends read the manuscript and gave their advice. My editor at Boydell sent […]