Holiday reading, listening, and….apps

If I read all these books while I’m in France, I’ll consider it a thoroughly good holiday! There is, after all, no telly in the chalet, and limited internet, and it is quite probable that the weather will be uncertain…. If the weather is really appalling, we have a contingency plan to visit the Large Hadron Collider at CERN.

The Very Thought of You – Rosie Alison

Solar – Ian McEwan

Never Let Me Go – Kazuo Ishiguro

This Thing of Darkness – Harry Thompson

Liszt – Sacheverell Sitwell. (Haven’t got time to read three-volume life by Alan Walker.)

And on my iPod:

Mazurkas, Opus 50 – Karol Szymanowski. I’m learning the first two at the moment. Might as well listen to the rest of ’em!

Director’s Cut – Kate Bush. Reworkings of tracks from Kate’s 1990s albums, The Red Shoes and This Sensual World

The Best of Arvo Part – useful reference listening for refining the Messiaen I am working on currently. Very beautiful, ethereal, meditative music.

Piano Works – Takemitsu. More useful reference for Messiaen.

Flight of the Concords – this is required listening for holidays, especially when there are long car journeys to be completed. We know all the lyrics and will happily sing our way down the autoroute to Geneva. Hugely entertaining and very clever, my favourite track is ‘Inner City Pressure’, a parody of the Pet Shop Boys’ ‘West End Girls’.

Legende, S 175, St Francis of Paola walking on the water, Fantasia and Fugue on the theme of B-A-C-H, Bénédiction de Dieu dans la solitude, Venezia e Napoli – Franz Liszt. I’m going to hear these pieces in a late-night Prom the day after I return from holiday, so I should probably familiarise myself with them ahead of the concert.

Road Movies – John Adams

Complete Piano Music – Ravel (Anne Queffelec)

On my Ipad….

I keep meaning to test all the music/piano-related apps I’ve downloaded so that I can recommended them to others (or delete the really useless ones).


Key Wiz


Sightread Lite


Music for Little Mozarts

Note Goal Pro



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