I rarely blog about music these days, but I’m still very much involved in it. I’m working on a classical piano recital programme that I hope to perform several times in the next couple of months.
Originally, I studied music at degree level at Dartington College of Arts, Totnes, Devon, specialising in composition and the psychology of music. About four years later, I got interested in piano performance. Earlier, I’d avoided performing in public due to performance nerves and stage fright, but this hasn’t been too much of a problem over the years, except for those occasions when I suddenly get a feeling of unreality as I’m playing before an audience.
My favourite composers are Beethoven (mid sonatas), Chopin, Liszt, Grieg and Rachmaninoff. The following, I believe, is an outstanding performance of Liszt’s 12th Hungarian Rhapsody:
I’m studying the same work for a concert, but can’t imagine getting it up to the same standard in the clip.