Book 2 of Play the Piano! – Mike Cornick’s piano tutor “for beginners and returning beginners” – is now available.
The reactions to Book 1 were extremely positive:
“The book goes to the top of the pile of piano tutorials currently available for the older beginner …excellent!”
(Michael McMillan, Pianist Magazine 2011)
There are some sample pages below. Visit the product page to listen to audio samples and download additional free performances pieces.
It’s a great book, perfect for adults who've always wanted to play the piano. Book 1 is here.
Sample pages. Click to view in fullscreen mode
The peaceful beauty of Arvo Pärt’s Spiegel im Spiegel underlines the narrative of this short film by Errol Morris, now available on the New York Times website.
In The Umbrella Man, Morris talks to Josiah “Tink” Thompson, the author of the book “Six seconds in Dallas”, about the assassination of John F. Kennedy 48 years ago today.
Who was the Umbrella Man?
Update 24.11.11: To play the video, you need to click on the image above, then click on the almost invisible 'Play' button in the bottom left of the image on the New York Times website, and then once again once the video has loaded ...
The Centre de documentation de la musique contemporaine in Paris is hosting a two-day symposium on Luciano Berio and his stage works.
Read more on the Cdmc website.
Visit also the Centro Studi Luciano Berio.
In an interview for the Seattle Times, Knussen says:
“[Bedford] writes music that is at the same time highly abstract in structure and very poetic in sound and resonance. ‘Outblaze the Sky’ is a short piece which is, in effect, a single big crescendo. He writes beautifully for orchestra, and the harmonic world is beautiful and distinctive. And it’s practical and relatively easy to put together!”
Read the full interview at the Seattle Times.
More on Outblaze The Sky, including an audio excerpt.
Listen live online at around 6pm London time today (Monday 14th).
Pass the Spoon opens at the Tramway in Glasgow on Thursday 17th November.
As the website says:
What can we say about Pass the Spoon?
It’s a show with actors,
music and food.
It’s a bit like an opera, but with vegetables and fruit.
It’s about cooking.
It’s possibly the only show you’ll see this year featuring a dung beetle.
Oh and someone gets eaten. Did we mention that?
The Critical Report won First Prize for Book Design in Educational Folios and the score won Second Prize for Full Score Music Notesetting.
While the Wien Modern festival is raging here in Vienna, here’s a quick look at some other performances around the world this week.
Julian Yu: Philopentatonia at the Kunitachi College of Music in Tokyo
You can see a full list of all forthcoming performances in our calendar.
The RSO Vienna performs under Johannes Kalitzke tonight at the Wien Modern festival.
After the interval, Harrison Birtwistle’s 30-minute The Triumph of Time will be performed.
The concert is broadcast on ORF Radio 1 on Friday 4 November at 19:30 Vienna time.
The concert, which is part of the Wien Modern festival, is the ensemble’s first in Vienna for 15 years.
Also on the programme is Harrison Birtwistle’s Silbury Air, as well as works by George Benjamin, Simon Holt and Thomas Adès.
We’ve just published an early work by Jay Schwartz: Music for Saxophone and Piano.
Thomas Snydacker and Liz Ames perform the piece tonight at the Arizona State University.
The iconic ZaterdagMatinee concert series in Amsterdam begins a special season dedicated to Wolfgang Rihm this Saturday.
During the forthcoming concert series, works by Rihm will be included in eight of the matinee concerts presented by the Dutch Radio at the Concertgebouw.
The series begins with the world première of Rihm’s Der Maler träumt for baritone and ensemble given by Christian Miedl and the Asko|Schönberg ensemble, alongside a performance of Male über Male 2 with clarinettist Jörg Widmann. Reinbert de Leeuw conducts. Music by Schreker and Widmann will also be performed.
Read more on the NTR website.
The Viennese weekly newspaper Der Falter talks of the “considerable attraction” of the music.
Morton Feldman’s works are here.
The Gewandhausorchester is in Vienna this week with its chief conductor Riccardo Chailly. For full details of the continuing tour of their Beethoven series, see the Gewandhaus website.
Tonight, they present the Austrian première of Friedrich Cerha’s Paraphrase on the beginning of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony.
Jonathan Nott celebrates his 500th concert with the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra tonight, including Schubert’s 7th and Mahler’s 4th.
In honour of the occasion, the concert will be broadcast live on the internet from the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra website.
Watch our interview with Jonathan Nott, in which he talks about the music of Gustav Mahler