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Review of my piano book on David Barton Music

Posted by Susan Tomes on 19 October 2021 under Books, Reviews  •  2 Comments

Another nice review of The Piano – a History in 100 Pieces, this time on David Barton Music, the website of an educator and researcher. He begins with a description of the book’s contents – and here’s how he sums up: ‘Tomes explores each selected piece in turn, placing it within a historical, cultural and […]

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, […]

‘Gramophone’ review of my book

Posted by Susan Tomes on 1 October 2021 under Books, Reviews  •  1 Comment

The October issue of the venerable Gramophone magazine has a review of my new book. I reproduce some of it here as the magazine is behind a paywall. The reviewer, Jeremy Nicholas, has quibbles about my choice of pieces, wondering why I included this and not that, but he goes on to say: ‘If one […]

A review of my book on Pianodao website

Posted by Susan Tomes on 8 September 2021 under Books, Reviews  •  1 Comment

A review of my book has popped up on Pianodao, a website devoted to the piano, pianists and piano education. You can read the whole review by clicking here. For now, some excerpts: ‘Before the last rays of summer settle into the colours of autumn, let me tell you about this wonderful book, my summer […]

Review of my book in ArtMuseLondon

Posted by Susan Tomes on 10 August 2021 under Books, Reviews  •  Leave a comment

My book The Piano – a History in 100 Pieces has just been reviewed by ArtMuseLondon. Some excerpts: ‘…This book is not simply a chronology of the piano, not by any means; but rather a detailed exploration of some of the greatest music composed for the instrument as well as lesser-known gems, written from the […]

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