Over the Easter weekend we watched the old MGM favourite “Easter Parade”. I’d forgotten that the film includes Fred and Judy’s version of “I Love a Piano”. I should have remembered the song when it was Piano Day a couple of weeks ago. Certainly a fitting celebratory song for the occasion! The song is by…… Continue reading I Love a Piano
Did you know that today is Piano Day? For the last few years lovers of the piano from all around the world have been celebrating their favourite instrument on this special day. Why today? There are 88 keys on a conventional piano keyboard and today is the 88th day of the year. If you visit…… Continue reading Happy Piano Day!
This wonderful image is the Ode to Joy art installation by Giacomo Zucca in Bundesstadt, Bonn. As far as I’m able to work out, the piece was commissioned by the Goethe Institute for the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth last year. As I told you in my Music Blog a couple of weeks ago, I…… Continue reading So, who was Elise?
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.
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
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
If you enjoyed the Berceuse by Frank Bridge that I blogged about in My new favourite piano music! , I think you’ll love this piece. A friend has loaned me the music, and believe me, it’s tricky. But lovely! https://youtu.be/r6IwSqFvWeI Thanks for visiting my blog today.
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
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!
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!