Archive for the ‘Musings’ Category

Exploring the shelves, 3: Albeniz ‘Suite Española’

Posted by Susan Tomes on 28 March 2020 under Inspirations, Musings  •  3 Comments

I asked my husband if he knew Albeniz’s Suite Española. ‘Some of it’, he said. Well, exactly. Some of the pieces in this Suite are popular – in versions for guitar or orchestra as well as the piano originals – but some are much less well known, as I realised when I sat down with […]

Exploring the shelves, no 2: early Schubert sonatas

Posted by Susan Tomes on 25 March 2020 under Musings  •  5 Comments

This is the second in my series about exploring some of the piano music I have neglected on my shelves. Today’s discovery is Schubert – in particular, the realisation that he wasn’t always the effortless master he became! I sat down to play through his early piano sonatas, which are not often part of recital […]

The impact of coronavirus on upcoming concerts

Posted by Susan Tomes on 9 March 2020 under Concerts, Daily Life, Musings  •  Leave a comment

The coronavirus situation is constantly changing. Many people’s plans have already been impacted by it, even though in Scotland, where I live, there are just a few cases at the moment. In the past few days I’ve had several worried concert promoters on the phone about upcoming concerts. They are naturally concerned about the well-being […]

The impact of Brexit on musicians

Posted by Susan Tomes on 21 February 2020 under Concerts, Daily Life, Musings, Travel  •  5 Comments

Everyone sees Brexit through their own lens. This is mine. When I was small, playing the piano was my favourite thing. I had heard that Mozart and Schubert came from Austria. Bach and Beethoven and Schumann came from Germany. Debussy and Ravel came from France. And so on. Those countries were just pretty pictures in […]

Bits of information needed to track down classical music

Posted by Susan Tomes on 10 January 2020 under Daily Life, Musings  •  3 Comments

At a new year party I had an interesting chat with a young man who  likes music and likes to listen to it at university along with his friends. He himself likes classical music among other kinds. Many of his friends are not familiar with the world of classical music, but are open-minded and willing […]

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