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A near-forgotten masterpiece

The Cello Sonata by John Foulds is a shamefully neglected work. I could list – could not we all? – dozens of pieces that I love that are neglected, but, as often as not, I’d have to admit grudgingly that those

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A very peculiar carol

Since it is still – just – Christmas, I’d like to say something about a traditional Yuletide carol. Many hymns and carols as sung in the mainstream Christian churches tend to be fairly predictable rhythmically and melodically. This is unsurprising

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Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Missing Composer

In the first Sherlock Holmes story, A Study in Scarlet, Dr John Watson spends some time trying to crack the enigma that is his new friend, Mr Holmes. He decides to adopt the deductive approach that his subject has already

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When to clap at classical music concerts: the final word on the matter

There’s a great deal of talk going on about the accessibility of classical music and how this relates to the future of the art form. Music needs an audience, and balancing the need to keep those concert halls filled with

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I’m always alone playing piano

I’ve been remiss. I decided, therefore, that I shouldn’t let another weekend pass without posting something new here. Blogging has proved a great pleasure, and I certainly have no reluctance to sit at my keyboard and prose on about topics

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The classical condition

I recently took part in a short exchange of views about the current state of classical music with the author of the always-enjoyable Classical Conditioning blog. I have the sense that we are living through a kind of golden age

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Don’t shoot the piano player; he’s doing the best he can

Back in the late 1970s, as a teenager in rural Ireland, I had few opportunities to indulge my growing enthusiasm for classical music. I remember with great fondness certain Thursday evenings when I could tune in to fuzzy long-wave broadcasts

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