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  1. Lest We Forget

    Remembrance Day (also known as Poppy Day or Armistice Day) is a memorial day observed in Europe and the Commonwealth countries to remember the members of their armed forces who have died in the line of duty since World War I. Remembrance Day is observed on 11 November to recall the official end of World War I on that date in 1918; hostilities formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month ...

    Updated Nov-11-2014 at 11:29 by itywltmt

    Classical Music , Recorded Music
  2. Piano Lesson 2

    Rho was surprised that I'd reached the end of the book and was pleased with me. She's put me onto another Child's Book called Chester's Easiest Piano Course written by Carol Barratt and illustrated by Sarah Lenton. There's an earnest frog at the piano on the front, with a bored cat lying asleep at his feet - probably very apt for me and Taggart.

    Rho made some notes of what she wants me to do for next week - a pleasant change since The Inspired One has never made a note about any ...

    Updated Jan-22-2015 at 17:25 by Ingélou

  3. Practice Problems

    Many people have commented on how hard it is to learn new things when you're older, and they're not kidding. In the first few days of this week, I did my violin practice first, and then in the evening, after tea, I did about 20 minutes piano practice with the basic melody only five-finger notes, and Taggart overseeing me! I found I was very tired and couldn't wait to get it over with.

    I've now got through the Easiest Piano Course Book One, and a few similar pieces that Taggart ...

    Updated Nov-22-2014 at 14:21 by Ingélou

  4. The Aeolian String Quartet Plays Haydn (Part 1)

    Vinyl's Revenge starts a two-part look (or should I say, listen) at the string quartets of Joseph Haydn.

    Haydn was Kapellmeister to the Prince Nikolaus Esterházy, a great lover of music. Haydn presided over the busy musical life of the court, producing operas, oratorios, and symphonic and chamber concerts, and writing a steady stream of new music for the prince's amusement. If that weren't enough, it turns out Prince Nikolaus had a fondness for playing a peculiar musical instrument ...
  5. My first piano lesson

    My teacher - we'll call her Rho - is a young married woman with children and as they'd got back from a holiday trip at midnight the previous night, the family were still at the breakfast table when I got there.

    Rho has a grand piano in her room, and the first thing was to check my position. I was sitting too near, so she made me put my seat back and have my right leg stretched forward a little, and my left leg tucked in. This meant that later my right hand was too near the back of ...