An Autumn Sonata – Part 3. “Heavenly Length”

It was Schumann who coined the phrase “heavenly length”, specifically in relation to Schubert’s Great C major Symphony, D944, though this tag has now become synonymous with all of Schubert’s late music. How to approach a work of the scale of the Sonata in A, D959? In common with the other late sonatas (including the … Continue reading An Autumn Sonata – Part 3. “Heavenly Length”

An Autumn Sonata – Part 2: finding context and background 

A personal journey through Schubert’s penultimate piano sonata The journey continues….. My nature tends towards the intellectual when studying and learning music, and my approach to the Sonata in A D959 was no different. After an initial sight-read through the entire work to gain a sense of the overall structure and narrative arc of the … Continue reading An Autumn Sonata – Part 2: finding context and background 

Autumn Piano Course

Another excellent weekend on Penelope Roskell’s Advanced Piano course – my fifth course run by my teacher. Three friends were there, including Stephen Gott, who I met nearly three years ago on the first course we both attended. (Stephen has just entered his second year at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance.) With a … Continue reading Autumn Piano Course

Give it a rest

On leaving and returning to familiar repertoire I’ve recommenced work on Schubert’s penultimate piano sonata (D 959 in A), following a few months’ hiatus due to family health issues, during which I was unable to give the music my full and proper attention. Regular readers of this blog will know (along with my husband who … Continue reading Give it a rest

St John’s Smith Square announces its 2017/18 season 

On 19 June 2017, St John’s Smith Square announced its 2017/18 Season.  In a characteristic programme, punctuated by a range of Festival celebrations, St John’s Smith Square continues its core mission to provide a home for Baroque music within the UK’s only concert hall dating from the Baroque period while equally championing new music. International … Continue reading St John’s Smith Square announces its 2017/18 season 

Happy New Year from The Cross-Eyed Pianist

Wishing all my readers around the globe a very happy and musical 2017. Forthcoming articles and features on The Cross-Eyed Pianist include: Meet the Artist interviews with BBC Young Musician 2016 finalist, the vibrant saxophonist Jess Gillam, composer Bernard Hughes, and pianist Danny Driver Following The Accidental Pianist, further articles on the myriad aspects of … Continue reading Happy New Year from The Cross-Eyed Pianist

‘How to Play the Piano’ by James Rhodes

Can you learn to play J S Bach’s wondrous Prelude in C BWV 846 in just 6 weeks? The pianist James Rhodes thinks you can – and to prove his point, he has written a book to help you achieve this, the first ‘Little Book of Life Skills’ in a new series by Quercus Editions. … Continue reading ‘How to Play the Piano’ by James Rhodes