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‘This is a hugely stimulating book that inspires and enlightens’, says International Piano

Posted by Susan Tomes on 4 November 2021 under Books, Reviews  •  Leave a comment

Renowned piano teacher and educator Murray McLachlan has reviewed my book in International Piano: The Piano: A History in 100 Pieces To read more reviews of this book, click here

Musical Opinion review of ‘The Piano – a History in 100 Pieces’

Posted by Susan Tomes on 2 November 2021 under Books, Reviews  •  Leave a comment

The quarterly magazine Musical Opinion has a review of my book in its October-December 2021 issue. Some excerpts from Julian Jacobson’s review: ‘Susan Tomes’ new book is aimed at the informed amateur or mélomane, in the untranslatable French word: the Radio 3 (perhaps rather than Classic FM) listener or Wigmore Hall and festival devotee. Analysis […]

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 […]