Monthly Archives: February 2012

An Afternoon of French Music

Here’s one for the power of the personal invitation. When you’re marketing a concert (or whatever, I’m sure), all the nice posters and advertising don’t go as far as a personal invitation from someone who is involved. The Calgary Civic … Continue reading

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Perfect Pitch – Update

When I started this blog a little over a year ago, one of the first things I wrote about was my gradual loss of absolute pitch (“perfect pitch”). It’s an aging thing – normal, and to be expected, much like vision … Continue reading

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Are the French suites French?

It happens that the French Suites of Bach are not really French at all ( just like the French horn is German, and the English horn is neither English nor a horn. It’s thought to have originated in Silesia, which … Continue reading

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No Warm-up? Really?

Stephen Hough, concert pianist by night and writer of things musical, theological and all sorts of things, blogs for The Telegraph (in the U.K.). I stumbled upon a series of practice tips that he wrote fairly recently. One is his … Continue reading

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Simply Divine

Angela Hewitt was simply divine Thursday night. It was the most inspirational recital/concert I’ve attended for quite a long time. In the last 10 years, since I have chosen to focus more exclusively on teaching, I’ve re-discovered my first love … Continue reading

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Wantin Somethin So Bad

Half-Blood Blues is a current best-selling novel by Esi Edugyan, a Canadian, as it happens. The story is about a few jazz musicians of various nationality and race caught in Berlin and Paris at the beginning of World War II. … Continue reading

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Ensemble Recital

Something new I’m working on this year is a full-scale duet and trio recital. I have a venue booked for the end of April and all students are paired up to play duets and/or trios. The students have been learning … Continue reading

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Piano Books as Gifts

I’ve blogged about Rebekah Maxner’s Titanic books before. Briefly, she has two collections of arrangements of pieces that were played on the Titanic, or written in the style of pieces from that period (not the soundtrack from the movie). They … Continue reading

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To blog or not to blog

In many ways, the work of a critic is easy. We risk very little yet enjoy a position over those who offer up their work and their selves to our judgment. We thrive on negative criticism, which is fun to … Continue reading

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F Sharp

You don’t have to have perfect pitch to enjoy this one:

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Advanced Technique Workshop

The idea of practicing technique gets a bad rap. So why do it? In Canada, where we have a firmly entrenched exam system with required technical elements, the main reason seems to be to pass that component. We might acknowledge … Continue reading

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