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
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
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
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
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