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the non-corporate ideal

Orchestras are sometimes presented as a model for businesses to emulate: the conductor as managing director, different instrumental sections as different corporate departments and so on, all working harmoniously to some common purpose. But if your business is making cars and … Continue reading

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espressivo

Music is organised sound: unmistakeably the words of a composer (Varèse). A musician would prefer: music is expressive sound.

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a question of stands

Did you know that, before modern-day industrial techniques made mass production of rosin possible, local authorities were the only providers of the stuff? They would hang great municipal cakes of it in public places and local fiddlers would prep up their bows en route … Continue reading

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blend it like barenboim

Daniel Barenboim, piano hipster? I was as disappointed as everyone to find that Daniel Barenboim’s new piano design, presented to a London public (although not the world) for the first time yesterday, was not some hopeless ramshackle wreck, a tangle perhaps … Continue reading

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recordare players

A short while ago I played Mozart’s Requiem, something I could have said on more or less any day over the past 10 years. But on this occasion, as chance would have it, I found myself surrounded by bassoons and basset horns, … Continue reading

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poor choices

Generally speaking, when we start to learn to play an instrument it is on an inferior model. We trade up as and when we improve, partly as a reward for improving and partly as an investment in our future development because we … Continue reading

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rain starts play

The best thing about playing a musical instrument is that it gives you something to do when it’s raining. I’m sort of joking because on an unseasonal day like it is where I am today – non-stop rain and unbroken … Continue reading

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