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Sempé, au revoir

Posted by Susan Tomes on 12 August 2022 under Musings  •  2 Comments

It was sad to read that the French cartoonist Jean-Jacques Sempé has died at the age of 89. I first came across his drawings when my French class at school studied Le Petit Nicolas, the delightful adventures of a little French boy in an idealised 1950s world. It was probably my first encounter with that […]

Limelight review of ‘The Piano’

Posted by Susan Tomes on 27 July 2022 under Musings  •  Leave a comment

Limelight, Australia’s leading arts magazine, has reviewed my book The Piano – a History in 100 Pieces. The book came out a year ago, so I was surprised to learn about a new review. You can only read the whole review online if you’re a subscriber, but here’s an excerpt: ‘From Bach, it’s on to […]

An old Scottish lullaby

Posted by Susan Tomes on 20 July 2022 under Daily Life, Musings  •  1 Comment

There’s news today of an important new women’s health strategy in England. ‘Ministers have vowed to tackle decades of “systemic” and “entrenched” gender health inequality in England with plans to introduce compulsory women’s health training for doctors, more cancer checks and “one-stop shop” hubs across the NHS’, reports The Guardian. I turned on the radio. […]

Mozart’s A major piano concerto K488 in chamber format

Posted by Susan Tomes on 12 July 2022 under Musings  •  3 Comments

Last week I was in Cerne Abbas, Dorset, for the Gaudier Ensemble’s annual festival of chamber music in the village church. I think I have played in 27 of the festivals. Of course, the pandemic blew a two-year hole in proceedings and this was my first visit since 2019. One of the works I was […]

The diary of Liszt’s pupil Lina Schmalhausen

Posted by Susan Tomes on 29 June 2022 under Books, Musings  •  1 Comment

I have just been reading an astonishing little book which a friend lent me  –  The Death of Franz Liszt, based on the unpublished diary of his pupil Lina Schmalhausen (Cornell University Press, 2002). The distinguished Liszt biographer Alan Walker came across Lina’s unpublished diary in a Weimar archive when researching the first volume of […]

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