I wrote this little piece for my late wife, Michèle, who died just before Christmas in 2010. I found that writing a musical diary was so beneficial to my grieving process. I remember at the time feeling Michèle’s loss as if it were a deep wound in my heart. I found that music gently soothed […]
Following the death of my wife, Michèle, in December 2010, I found that music and walking helped me greatly during the long hours of sustained grief. I felt I was in a bubble far from the world of people and events. Within this place, I found myself composing little pieces of music, my “rien du […]
Got up to get a drink this morning and watched dawn break. Such a magnificent sunrise, calm and peaceful, heralding another glorious morning. This little piece which I wrote for David and Steph’s Wedding Album pretty much sums up my feelings about the first light of day. I do hope you like it.
In this third post on Einaudi’s music I cover his landmark album called ‘Eden Roc’ originally published in 1999. I have highlighted three of my favourite tracks from this album and have included my own recordings of these. I hope you enjoy them.
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I have recently filmed performances of my two favourite pieces from my first collection of piano compositions – “Riversongs” (2018). The first of these is a simple, lyrical melody written for my oldest granddaughter, Aimy. It is a simple expression of loving feelings by a grandfather (or “Papy”, as Aimy calls me) for his beautiful […]
The term “Nocturne” was first applied to musical pieces in the 18th century. It indicated an ensemble piece in several movements, normally played for an evening party and then laid aside. However, in its more familiar form, as a short piece usually written for solo piano, the nocturne was cultivated primarily in the 19th century. […]
Étude Op. 10, No. 3, in E Major is a study for solo piano composed by Chopin in 1832. It was first published in 1833 in France, Germany, and England. This is a slow cantabile created to assist students with their musical expressiveness and smoothness of playing. For me, it is simply one of the […]
This blog is the first in a series focusing on my favourite piano composers. I will be presenting some recordings of Chopin’s best loved pieces and I do hope that you enjoy this little encounter with one of the world’s greatest ever piano composers. Fryderyk Franciszek Chopin was born on 1st March 1810 in Warsaw […]
Read this fantastic blog written by Piano Veloute on the history and enduring popularity of the Waltz from 18th Century Vienna to Comtemporary Music & Dance.