5 lovely music quotes to make your day.

John Erskine Music is the only language in which you cannot say a mean or sarcastic thing. Image by Rebecca Jasso from Pixabay Pablo Casals Music is the divine way to tell beautiful, poetic things to the heart. Image by v-3-5-N-a from Pixabay George Eliot, The Mill on the Floss Life seems to go on…… Continue reading 5 lovely music quotes to make your day.

Roll over Beethoven

I’ve always enjoyed listening to Beethoven symphonies and piano concertos. About a year ago I was given CD boxed sets of the whole lot and as I worked my way through I enjoyed listening all over again. But recently I’ve had a whole new Beethoven experience. Have you ever listened to Beethoven’s string quartets? There…… Continue reading Roll over Beethoven

Henry Wood was born #OnThisDay in 1869

image credit: By Cyrus Cuneo (1879–1916) (Illustrated London News, 8 February 1908, p. 204) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Sir Henry Joseph Wood (3 March 1869 – 19 August 1944) was an English conductor best known for his association with London’s annual series of promenade concerts known as The Proms. In 1893 a new concert hall opened in London. The hall could seat over two thousand people and the sound quality was the best…… Continue reading Henry Wood was born #OnThisDay in 1869

Wrong Frank Bridge

image credit: By Stellar Publishing / unidentified staff artist (Wonder Stories, October 1930) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Yesterday I wrote about the composer Frank Bridge and headed the post with a portrait I found of him on Wikicommons. But checking Frank Bridge on Wikipedia I found the portrait didn’t look anything like him. And checking the image more closely I realised it was captioned Frank J Bridge. Ooops! I’ve replaced the portrait…… Continue reading Wrong Frank Bridge

My new favourite piano music!

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At the start of the year I rented a piano and I’ve enjoyed learning some new tunes as well as playing pieces that have been familiar since childhood. In the late 1950s I had a wonderful piano teacher who got me  to Grade 3 and a less  wonderful teacher who helped me to Grade 5.…… Continue reading My new favourite piano music!

Celebrating St Nicholas and the pickled boys!

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To celebrate St Nicholas Day I’m taking a walk down Memory Lane. I’m going back to 1968 when I sang in a performance of Benjamin Britten’s St Nicholas Cantata which has remained one of my favourite pieces of music ever since. Here’s a quick overview: https://youtu.be/34uo7bO3rQ4 Britten wrote the cantata Saint Nicolas in 1948 for…… Continue reading Celebrating St Nicholas and the pickled boys!