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December 2014

Autumn Glow by Martha Mier.

This is a delightul little piece I have now added to my play list.


'Bach Performance on the Piano' a 2 DVD set offering guidance on playing Bach's keyboard music. I hope to be able to learn from 'the Bach pianist of her generation' as 'The SundayTimes' critic described her.


October 2014

Have started to work on this piece.

Tchaikovsky Barcarolle, The Seasons, October


July 2014

Thanks to Alex's patient tuition these are some of the pieces I am currently practising:

Clementi Sonatinas op 36 numbers 4, 5 and 6


Satie  Gnossienne no 3


Satie Gymnopedie no 3


Tchaikovsky Barcarolle, The Seasons, June


Joseph Lamb Nightingale Rag


Mozart K545 2nd movement


In March 2014 I started having piano lessons from Alex Bowen. Of all the local teachers Alex was the only one who put both her own playing and that of her pupils on youtube. I am thoroughly enjoying my lessons and covering quite a range of music.

One of the pieces I have been learning is Steamboat Rag by Martha Mier and I I will be learning more of Martha's works.

Also currently working on a Scarlatti Sonata and a Tchaikovsky Barcarolle.

Sunday 3rd February 2013

Johann Sebastian Bach : Cantata No.22 "Jesus Nahm Zu Sich Die Zwölfe", BWV 22 (BC A48)


Here played by Alicia de Larrocha. There is another version on youtube by Angela Hewitt but I think she takes it too fast. Score available from IMSLP. This has an almost unstoppable force. Starting to play it is like starting a wheel going down a hill.


'Yesterday' by The Beatles


Have been playing the straight forward version during the last week having downloaded the score from a web site. But, I came across this on youtube and liked it so much that I have bought the book it has been taken from and an now trying to wrap my fingers round the big chords involved. Book here.

Friday 23rd November 2012

The 'Carol of the Birds'

Have taken out the books of carol sheet music from the cupboard. I bought two new ones last year and hardly looked at them. Now I have been trying every tune in each one and came across this for the first time. The music is haunting - one writer described it as 'angelic'. I really like the way the minor key is chosen for some phrase endings but not for others. It is an unusual piece and one I am really enjoying. It is a Catalan Carol from the 16th Century.


Click here for a flute and harp version.

Sunday 28th October 2012

Mozart Rondo in A minor K511

Enjoyed listening to this on Rob Cowan's Sunday Morning programme on Radio Three. Downloaded the score from IMSLP and have made a start on commiting it to memory.


Tuesday 25th September 2012

John Field - Nocturne No.5 in B flat Major

He was composer of the week this week on BBC Radio Three. Downloaded all of his nocturnes from IMSLP and have made a start on number 5.


16th September 2012

Capriccio on the Departure of his Beloved Brother, BWV 992   Johann Sebastian Bach

I.         Arioso: Adagio -  Friends gather and try to dissuade him from departing

II.         Andante (fugato) -  They picture the dangers which may befall him

III.         Adagissimo - The Friends' Lament

IV.         Aria Introduction -  Since he cannot be dissuaded, they say farewell

V.           Allegro poco: Aria of the postilion

VI.         Fugue in Imitation of the Post horn         

Johann Sebastian Bach's Capriccio on the Departure of a Beloved Brother is the only surviving instrumental piece written by the great composer which is programmatic - it has a story attached to it. The piece was written while Bach was still a teenager. At that time he was already an orphan and was expected to earn a living. It is commonly thought that the piece was composed in 1704 for the departure of one of Bach's older brothers - Johan Jacob - to work in the orchestra of the Swedish king.  As a young composer Bach was naturally influenced by his predecessors; composers such as François Couperin and his French Rococo style comes to mind when listening to the Capriccio. The model for this piece however would have been Johann Kuhnau who wrote six sonatas written on Biblical narratives, with literal descriptive figures.

The Adagissimo is, to me, one of the most remarkable pieces of Bach. There are hardly any notes! In parts the base line only has one note and the selection of harmonics is left to the player. It is, however, truely haunting in places. I think is it similar to Purcell's Dido's Lament in its powerful simplicity. The Adagissimo is three mintues ten seconds in to this recording.

Classical Connect - Free classical music online 

The sheet music is here.

A lesson on how to play it is here.

21st August 2012

'The Lord Bless You and Keep You' by John Rutter. I listen to this piece often and decided to find it and play it.

Sheet music here.

A youtube version where one singer has multi tracked all the parts:


14th August 2012

Beryl asked me to find a particular piece which we now have constantly in our minds but are enjoying playing and singing together.

The song "Silent Worship" is a 1928 adaptation by Arthur Somervell of the aria "Non lo dirò col labbro"[1] from Handel's 1728 opera Tolomeo (Ptolemy)

Sheet music from IMSLP.

A youtube version:



10th August 2012

After listening to the Ivor Novello Prom and enjoying it found and downloaded the sheet music for We'll Gather Lilacs.

A youtube version by a 'Young Baritone' is here - complete with a box of tissues should you need them.


Saturday 21st July 2012

Mozart Piano Concerto 23 K. 488 Second Movement - such a beautiful piece and not difficult to play. Here Radu Lupu achieves perfection. Sheet music available at IMSLP.


Sunday 1st July 2012

Brahms Intermezzo 118 No 2 - concert piece which is, incidentally, one of Condoleeza Rice's favourites to play. I bought the music a few years ago and left it on the heap to play another day because I find it really difficult. There is a discussion on about Brahms and the fact that he had large hands which correspondents on there say you do not need to play this. I think it would help. Anyway Sue I have now started on this, one bar at a time. It is the second piece on this Youtube clip (starts at 2 minutes) and is played by Evgeny Kissin in a breathtaking way.

Thursday 28th June 2012 

This is one of Scott Joplin's most most pleasant rags I think. I like the way Wesley plays it.

The sheet music is available free here. I am really enjoying commiting it to memory.

Saturday 31st March

Came across this as part of the Radio Three Schubert Festival and thought it was wonderful. It is a piano duet but there are arrangements for two hands. Have made a start on playing it.

Schubert Fantasie in F minor, D.940 Op.103 - sheet music here.

Classical Connect - Free classical music online 


This is a Youtube version with Alfred Brendel playing it.


Monday 27th February 2012

For The Beauty Of The Earth - sheet music here.
Gabriel's Oboe by Morriconi
All Of Me
In The Still of The Night
Love and Marriage
Strangers In The Night

Wednesday 22nd February 2012

Clementi Sonatas 14 and 15
Bach Invention 8
Bach Minuet in D minor
Mozart Rondo Alla Turca


Saturday 18th February 2012

Bach - Goldberg Variations Air
Bach - Goldberg Variations Variation 30
Ravel Second Piano Concerto Adagio solo arrangement

Sunday 12th February 2012

Ladies in Lavender
The Father's Song - ignore the video....just listen to the piano part.


Friday 10th February 2012

Clementi Sonatas 28 and 9
Chopin Waltz in A minor Op34 No 2

Monday 6th February 2012

Earl of Salisbury Pavanne
Satie Gymnopedie 1
Bach Prelude No 5
Bach Sheep May Safely Graze
Handel Minuet
Fly Me To The Moon
Those Were The Days
Bach - The Saviour of the Heathen

Thursday 2nd February 2012

Robert Schumann Schnitterliedchen, Soldatenmarsch, Armes Waisenkind, Frohlicher Landmann
Handel Largo
Brahms Waltz Op 39 No 9
Mozart K545
Michelle by the Beatles

Sunday 15th January 2012

Chopin Prelude Op28
Bach Minuet in D minor
Bach Invention Number 8
Bach Minuet in G major
Purcell Dido's Lament
Brahms Waltz No 6
Bach Siciliano
Mozart Piano Concerto Number 2 second movement


Saturday 14th January 2012

Brahms Waltzes 6, 4 and 2
Lord for the Years
Make Me a Channel of Your Peace
Pachabel Canon in D


Friday, 8 April 2011

Heard Gershwin's Rialto Ripples on Radio 3's 'Through The Night' programme. It sounded great fun. I found the music on line and am now part way through memorising it. I might manage the fingering and the phrasing some time but I don't think I'll ever manage the facial expressions.

Monday, 21 March 2011

Heard Scarlatti’s K 208 on Radio 3...found it on the web here, printed it and played it

Berenika Glixman is playing it here:

Also found this on you tube: it is one of the first ones I learned.

January 2011

In response to BBC's Radio Three Mozart festival am now looking at more Mozart Sonatas.

June 2009

Beethoven Sonata No 25 Op 79 andante and looking at the other two movements.

March 2009

Ten Pieces Transcribed for Piano by Wilhelm Kempff - CD here manuscript here

Attempting the following except for number 7. (much too difficult!).  Know some of them by now.

1. Nun komm der Heiden Heiland, BWV 659a (trans. W. Kempff) 00:04:50

2. Es ist gewisslich an der Zeit, BWV 307 / Nun freut euch, BWV 734 (trans. W. Kempff) 00:02:59

3. Flute Sonata in E flat major, BWV 1031: II. Siciliano (trans. W. Kempff) 00:02:49

4. Herzlich tut mich verlangen, BWV 727 (trans. W. Kempff) 00:02:34

5. Jesu bleibet meine Freude, BWV 147 (trans. W. Kempff) 00:03:07

6. In dulci jubilo, BWV 751 (trans. W. Kempff) 00:01:43

7. Wir danken dir, Gott, Wir danken dir, BWV 29: Sinfonia (trans. W. Kempff) 00:04:20

9. Wachet auf! ruft uns die Stimme, BWV 645 (trans. W. Kempff) 00:04:28

10. Concerto in F minor, BWV 1056: Largo (trans. W. Kempff) 00:03:42

11. Ich rufe zu dir, Herr Jesus Christus, BWV 639 (trans. W. Kempff) 00:02:46


Gavotte and Musette from the Holberg Suite by Edvard Greig


October 2008

Mozart Fantasia in D minor K397

Mozart Sonata in D K 311

Some of the waltzes from Brahms Op 39

Making an attempt at Brahms Intermezzo Op 118 Number 2 although I think it will take me a very long time because it is more difficult to play than it sounds.

Hummel - Sixteen Short Pieces from Klavierschule

The Frank Sinatra Anthology

100 of the Best Movie Songs Ever!

July 2007

Having not played the piano for a number of years I am currently going back to the start and having to relearn much - I suspect bad habits as well. But I have set myself the task of learning by heart some Scarlatti Sonatas starting with:

Sonata in G minor, K.8/L.488/P.64

It is available on this Naxos disc 8.553061 SCARLATTI, D.: Keyboard Sonatas, Vol. 1 with Eteri Andjaparidze playing piano

I am also brushing up and learning new ones from Muzio Clementi's Six Progressive Sonatinas, Op 36 and Op 37

It is available on this Naxos disc 8.550452 CLEMENTI: Progressive Sonatinas Op. 36 / Sonatas Opp. 24 and 25 with Balazs Szokolay playing piano