Archive for the ‘Musings’ Category

Playing without effort

Posted by Susan Tomes on 14 October 2021 under Musings  •  1 Comment

I’m playing through the whole volume of Mozart sonatas again. The other day I came to the B flat Sonata K333. This has difficult associations for me because I learned it for one of those endless exams one always seems to be taking in teenage years – I can’t now remember if it was for […]

Continual assessment

Posted by Susan Tomes on 9 October 2021 under Concerts, Musings, Reviews  •  Leave a comment

A friend of mine has been musing on this question: How many other professionals are subjected to continual public assessment the way musicians are? For a long time, musicians have put up with being publicly reviewed because good reviews can bring them quickly to the attention of ‘movers and shakers’ around the world. At least, […]

Knitting

Posted by Susan Tomes on 12 September 2021 under Concerts, Daily Life, Musings  •  2 Comments

Last week I was thinking of writing a blog post about knitting. What is the connection between knitting and pianism, you may ask? Well, I had been reading about the 19th-century pianist Clara Schumann, who continued to tour and earn money for the family after her composer husband Robert had died. At that time it […]

Adapting touring methods because of climate change

Posted by Susan Tomes on 6 September 2021 under Concerts, Daily Life, Musings, Travel  •  2 Comments

This morning I heard a report about scientists who have made a list of recommendations for touring musicians to cut back on carbon emissions. Amongst other things it recommended that musicians should use instruments or equipment ‘held by the venue’. Good luck with that, symphony orchestras! When I had finished laughing at the phrase ‘artists […]

Piano Power

Posted by Susan Tomes on 24 August 2021 under Daily Life, Musings, Teaching  •  4 Comments

Recently I’ve heard or coached a number of amateur pianists whose playing I haven’t heard for 18 months, or before All This started. I had been afraid that everyone’s playing would have fallen apart, but actually my impression was that lockdown has enhanced rather than degraded the skills of the people I’ve been listening to. […]