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:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KAqA2E5D0lI

I’m studying the same work for a concert, but can’t imagine getting it up to the same standard in the clip.

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4 thoughts on “Composer Liszt

  1. Absolutely astounding, Bravo…incredible – Van Cliburn at his best! So nice to have the close up of his hands…Thanks!

    The great thing about whatever you do while playing, is that you don’t have to try and be Van Cliburn or even Liszt…but yourself…if you can remember – Be yourself and enjoy the relationship which you have developed with your piano, the composer, and your audience…the rest is sure to follow…

    Good Luck
    Poetman

  2. Thanks, poetman. I’ve been sticking to my own interpretation of the work, but getting benefit from watching Van Cliburn’s technique. It’s pretty outstanding.

    Are you a pianist too?

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