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  1. Happiness is nothing much happening...

    by , Yesterday at 18:43 (Never Too Old To Fiddle - A Late-Learner's Journal...)
    Taggart is in hospital - he's had his endoscopy to remove a polyp from his duodenum, but they're keeping him in tonight. I have just seen him, and now feel a little happier. Most of the day has been spent in worrying so intense that I hope to be excused a few K years in Purgatory.
    My music lessons both went well this week. In my piano lesson, I took along the new book Rho asked me to order - Pam Wedgwood's Up-Grade! - Light Relief between grades. That's ...

    Updated Yesterday at 18:59 by Ingélou

  2. La Chronique du Disque (January 2015)

    For those unfamiliar with our monthly recordings review - If Sound Quality (SQ) and Overall Impression (OI) grades need further context, feel free to visit earlier posts in this series.

    My Suggestions for January

    Mendelssohn - Complete Symphonies/Overtures - Abbado

    Seems I have unearthed quite a bit of Abbado’s early recordings over the last year – and shared ...
  3. Fiddle Guru - wha's like him?

    by , Jan-23-2015 at 12:38 (Never Too Old To Fiddle - A Late-Learner's Journal...)
    My Fiddle Guru is a one-off. I've been having lessons with him for almost three years now, and he has illuminated Music for me. Taggart found his website by chance after I said how much I wanted to find a teacher who could help me to learn folk fiddle. I sent the Guru an email called 'Taking up folk fiddle in one's third age.' He replied; and we had a long conversation by email, during which he posted a link for one of the most striking clips on YouTube.

    My response: 'You play the ...

    Updated Jan-24-2015 at 00:32 by Ingélou

  4. Codgers, Cliff Richard and the half-dead fish

    by , Jan-22-2015 at 12:46 (Never Too Old To Fiddle - A Late-Learner's Journal...)
    My brain has a life of its own. It enjoys mulling over my music progress in the dead of night, uttering cynical sighs, winking sardonically,and laughing its socks off.

    I had been practising a piece on the piano from one of the children's starter books called 'Winter Song', and at about half-past two one morning last week I was woken from slumber with a loud rendition of Cliff Richard's Christmas No. 1 trundling through my mind -
    Christmas time! Mistletoe and wine...

    Updated Jan-22-2015 at 17:48 by Ingélou

  5. Felix Mendelssohn on MP3.COM

    This week's installment of the Tuesday Blog - the first Once Upon the Internet for 2015 - continues the overall Mendelssohn theme with more intimate works.

    To begin, a pair of chamber works: a string quartet and a song without words (more about that on our teaser below) set for cello and piano.

    From his piano works, a pair of virtuoso pieces, including his variations sérieuses, which compares favorably to his friend Schuman's symphonic variations. Finally, a piece for ...
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