Archive for the ‘Inspirations’ Category

‘Pianistes’

Posted by Susan Tomes on 31 July 2011 under Daily Life, Inspirations, Travel  •  5 Comments

I’m teaching on a lovely summer course for pianists in the south of France. As I write, people are practising in the rooms all around me – everything from Schumann’s Fantasy to Beethoven’s opus 110, Debussy Preludes and Liszt’s Vallée d’Obermann. Put together, we sound like Saint-Saens’s vision of ‘Pianistes’ in his Carnival of the Animals: […]

Kremer’s conscience

Posted by Susan Tomes on 26 July 2011 under Concerts, Inspirations, Musings  •  2 Comments

Violinist Gidon Kremer has, I hope, set the cat among the pigeons with his decision to pull out of the Verbier Festival in Switzerland. His letter of explanation is long and somewhat rambling, but perhaps he did not have the time to make it shorter. In any case, his exasperation with today’s music world is […]

Children’s voices

Posted by Susan Tomes on 8 July 2011 under Concerts, Daily Life, Inspirations, Travel  •  3 Comments

This morning in the village church of Cerne Abbas, we invited the children of the local primary school to come and listen to a rehearsal of Aaron Copland’s attractive piece, Appalachian Spring (part of tonight’s concert programme). It lasts around 25 minutes, quite a long while for young children to sit quietly, which they did. […]

Voting systems

Posted by Susan Tomes on 21 June 2011 under Concerts, Inspirations, Musings, Reviews  •  Leave a comment

I wish I could have been a fly on the wall during the jury’s deliberations on the Cardiff Singer of the World final on Sunday night. I’d watched most of the other rounds and had realised it was going to be a difficult choice. It was an exceptionally good line-up, and each one of the […]

Le Quattro Volte

Posted by Susan Tomes on 6 June 2011 under Daily Life, Inspirations  •  Leave a comment

Saw a quietly beautiful Italian film, Le Quattro Volte, directed by Michelangelo Frammartino. It was inspired by Pythagoras’s belief that each of us contains four interlinked lives: human, animal, vegetable and mineral. ‘Man is made of mineral, because he has a skeleton; he’s a plant, because he has blood flowing through his veins like sap; […]