Archive for the ‘Musings’ Category

Soaking up music like a sponge

Posted by Susan Tomes on 12 June 2013 under Concerts, Daily Life, Musings  •  2 Comments

I’m almost at the end of a longish period of learning the notes of a batch of works I’ll be playing over the summer in different concerts and festivals. The large pile of music on the side of my piano has loomed fearsomely over me for a while, but is now starting to look bounteous [...]

The value of your instrument

Posted by Susan Tomes on 7 June 2013 under Daily Life, Musings  •  Leave a comment

Feeling slightly disturbed by large advert in today’s Guardian: ‘Do you know the value of your instrument?’ it asks, above a photo of ‘A Fine French Violin by JB Vuillaume’. It goes on, ‘The last 20 years have seen a huge price increase in the value of musical instruments. Please contact us for a free [...]

Letter in today’s Guardian

Posted by Susan Tomes on 3 June 2013 under Daily Life, Musings  •  3 Comments

In today’s Guardian I have a letter on the subject of political lobbying, which is headline news in the UK at the moment.  The letter was cut before being published, and I felt that part of my specific point had been lost, so in case anyone would like to read the full version, here it [...]

Page-turners vs iPads

Posted by Susan Tomes on 24 May 2013 under Concerts, Musings  •  4 Comments

Since my last post, I’ve heard from a number of fellow pianists who don’t play from memory because they specialise in song recitals or chamber music, and have a vast and ever-changing repertoire. They point out that one good reason to experiment with playing from an iPad is that one could dispense with the services [...]

OK to play from music if gadget involved

Posted by Susan Tomes on 18 May 2013 under Concerts, Musings  •  Leave a comment

Yesterday BBC Music Magazine tweeted that pianist Artur Pizarro had played a concert in which he read from the music, using an iPad to display the notes. It’s one of several recent reports about classical musicians using the score, reading from an electronic gadget of some kind. In no case have I detected any kind [...]