Archive for the ‘Inspirations’ Category

Vocabulary

Posted by Susan Tomes on 13 December 2013 under Daily Life, Inspirations  •  1 Comment

The BBC2 series ‘Masterchef‘ has come to an end with Steven Edwards winning the title. One of the competitors’ final tasks was to cook for a roomful of distinguished chefs, well known from Michelin-starred restaurants around the UK. This is always a fascinating event, partly because of the way these leading chefs talk about food. [...]

Butterflies

Posted by Susan Tomes on 5 December 2013 under Concerts, Inspirations, Musings  •  Leave a comment

I’ve been practising Schumann’s ‘Papillons’, a cycle of piano pieces containing various motifs and references which reappear in his later piano music. It seems that for Schumann, butterflies were associated with the novels of Jean Paul, one of his favourite authors, who often wrote about the soul’s struggle to resolve its identity. In fact, the [...]

Cognitive advantage

Posted by Susan Tomes on 21 September 2013 under Concerts, Daily Life, Inspirations  •  1 Comment

A doctor friend has sent me an excerpt from the current edition of the British Medical Journal in which their writer ‘Minerva’ reports: ‘Great composers have tended to die young, but great performing musicians often carry on getting better as they get older. An article in PLOS One (2013 doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0071630) asks whether older professional [...]

‘The Walk’

Posted by Susan Tomes on 3 September 2013 under Daily Life, Inspirations  •  2 Comments

At the weekend I went to watch a tango club at which an old friend of mine teaches. I know nothing about tango, though I’ve been to a few Argentine tango shows in London, and recently I had a lot of fun playing in a late-night performance of some Piazzolla tangos. After watching the tango [...]

Sunday’s Wigmore

Posted by Susan Tomes on 20 June 2013 under Concerts, Inspirations  •  Leave a comment

I’m really looking forward to Sunday’s concert at Wigmore Hall with Erich Höbarth. It’s the second in our pair of concerts this season featuring duo sonatas by Mozart for piano and violin. What a treat it has been to be so closely involved with this music – and this musician – for a couple of [...]