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Summer Rain

Summer will arrive soon – in just over three weeks.  The weather here in the UK has improved, the temperature risen, just like summer but still spring, my favourite season.  Today, the rain came without warning and the skies darkened. The air is sticky and humid.

Meanwhile, I’ve sent my novel, a psychological thriller, out to more agents and am waiting for replies.  I continue to practise the piano most days in anticipation of further online or Indie recordings. Then, the languages, of course.  I study French, German and Russian during my free time.

Till next time.

 

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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!

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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.

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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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Here is the complete sonata, with me as soloist. 

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Social media has changed our lives a lot.

So has blogging and Content Management Systems, opening up countless opportunities, often free of charge.

As a classically trained musician, I’m particularly interested in sharing my piano playing over the internet and beyond.  Using a good quality phone and recording app, I’ve made several videos recently, including the one below – Schubert’s 3rd impromptu op 90, no 3.

Enjoy.

 

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The last twelve months have been hectic, so I need a couple of weeks to recharge.  During the festive period, I will still do a small amount of creative writing each day, along with my foreign language studies and piano practise (access to an instrument allowing). Mostly, though, I hope to relax and read.

Curently, I’m doing specific breathing exercises at least twice a day, designed to activate the parasympathetic nervous system (relaxation) whilst promoting clarity.  I can already feel some of the benefits. For instance, after several years of knee problems, I can now run up a set of steep steps without any problem, using core muscles.

In the meantime, I wish to post a YouTube video of Summertime by George Gershwin.  I used a good quality phone to record myself playing Summertime and feel the overall recording is reasonable, although not record label standard.

One day, maybe.

 

 

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