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A delightful piece, quite melancholy and almost haunting in places, with a hint of a cadenza in the middle reminiscent of the first subject in Grieg’s piano concerto (movt 1). I also think the nocturne hints at some of the despair of the slow section in the final movement of the concerto.

Anyway, you can hear me playing the nocturne in the video below:

Enjoy!

Happy Belated Easter!

Nearly forgot, life has had many ups and downs recently – but Happy Belated Easter!

A delightful, energetic dance, full of Hungarian flavour.  Apparently, Brahms collected, rather than composed, Hungarian military themes, then orchestrated them in a binary or ternary structure.  I’m also looking at Brahms 4th and 5th dances.

Below is a video of me playing a piano version of Hungarian Dance no 2 – thanks to the wonders of modern technology, smartphones, and apps such as Titanium Recorder.

Brahms Hungarian Dance no 1 for Piano: http://youtu.be/cGMVB3MQBsA 

I am the soloist.

Hi all,

My new website is now live and viewers can listen to piano tracks direct from the site.

Thanks (or cheers, as we say in England).

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Yoga – A New Path?

For years, I had no interest in yoga.

Then, around four and a half years ago, I gave up smoking.  Shortly after, I heard about abdominal breathing and practised it on and off.

More recently, I learnt about Coherent Breathing, a breathing technique that centres around a person taking equal breaths (inhale, exhale) at around 6 or 5 breaths a minute, ideally 5. About a month later, I started Resistance Breathing (sometimes known as Ocean Breath).

Finally, three weeks ago, I began practising simple yoga moves.

Three weeks on, I’ve noticed a substantial improvement in lower back stiffness, left shoulder stiffness and a throbbing Achilles Tendon.

Impressive.

I look forward to learning new postures and movements and seeing further improvements in health.