Macedonia 2011

April 4, 2011

  Two Days in Skopje (posted Monday March 28th) I am just about to leave Macedonia after two inspiring days at the Days of Macedonian Music (DMM) with the Kreutzers. We played three concerts (23 works) in two days, all of them surrounded by the treasures of the Archaeological Museum. It was a great chance for […]

Angelica Catalani

March 8, 2011

Angelica Catalani LISTEN:[Audio clip: view full post to listen] Paganini writes down one of Catalani’s ‘roulades’ in concert 18th June 1823: Catalani/transcribed Paganini-‘Allegro Moderato’ [Audio clip: view full post to listen] Click on Higlighted words to follow Links Catalani’s career and notoriety was extraordinarily long. Initially inspired by the new instrumental virtuosi of the post […]

Isambard Kingdom Brunel

March 8, 2011

Isambard Kingdom Brunel – Click on Highlighted words to follow Links            Brunel married Mary Horsley, who had entranced Mendelssohn a few years earlier. The composer was one of the many travellers who Brunel showed over the workings of the Wapping Tunnel. Mary Horsley’s father, William had bought the house on Kensington Church Street [different name] […]

David Garrick

March 8, 2011

David Garrick –  David Garrick swept regularly in and out of the Burney household, the concert halls and salons where Abel, Cervetto and Mozart performed. His magnetism entranced a whole generation of performing artists. He lived at Hampton House, Hampton Court, from 1745. Fanny Burney described a typical Garrick ‘entrance’ at their small residence at […]

Niccolò Paganini

March 8, 2011

Niccolò Paganini   Click on SEGRETO Click on CAPRICES Live On the 13th May 1831, the young singer and pianist, John Orlando Parry wrote in his Journal, ‘Remarks on things in general’: /“That wonder of wonders, viz “Paganni” , arrived in the Country! He does the most inconceivable things on the Violin-He is going to […]

Felix Mendelssohn

March 8, 2011

Mendelssohn Alma Schindler (later Mahler-Werfel) ‘connects’ with Mendelssohn Tuesday 24th January 1899  Pm. Composed a song by Heine … and believed it’s not bad. Unfortunately, as I later realised, Mendelssohn took pleasure in the song too – dangerour competition. Nothing can compare with my joy when I take a song I’ve just finished and play […]

Maria Cosway

March 8, 2011

Maria Cosway [Audio clip: view full post to listen] The Cornish poet, John Woolcot, better known by his pen-name of ‘Peter Pindar’ was deeply impressed by the music of the polymath artist composer Maria Cosway: ‘In music, her compositions are tender, elegant and persuasive.’ The connections between sitters can seem rather mysterious, and perhaps it […]


March 8, 2011

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Click on Highlighted words to follow Links Like so many artists of his day, the young Mozart made his way to international success through the drawing rooms of the European nobility, of those of bon ton, and through meeting with other artists or amateurs, such as Lord Hamilton, with whom he […]

Thomas Jefferson

March 8, 2011

Thomas Jefferson –   Thomas Jefferson was a lifelong musical enthusiast. He was a keen violinist, and notated his copy of  Francesco Geminiani’s The Art of playing on the violin (1751) with quotations from Jean-Jacques Rousseau  His large collection of music including the works of the greatest composers of his day, CPE Bach, Handel, Mozart and Haydn., […]

Joseph Haydn

March 8, 2011

Josef Haydn Haydn’s Quartet Op 64 No 5 (6) is the most popular of all of his chamber works, and filled with the vigour and colour which so endeared him to players and audiences in the UK. It is, for all of its popularity, a revolutionary piece, inverting and subverting as many preconceptions about the […]