The self-teaching musician
The Cross-Eyed Pianist
by The Cross-Eyed Pianist
11h ago
Self-teaching – the process of educating oneself without the guidance of a formal teacher or instructor - is a powerful tool that can be used to acquire new skills, deepen existing knowledge, and pursue personal interests ..read more
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Winter in Majorca – A film by Jeff Buchanan
The Cross-Eyed Pianist
by The Cross-Eyed Pianist
2w ago
“When he plays it is as if the keys of the piano were brushed by the wings of angels.” George SandAuthor of ‘Winter in Majorca’ Composer Frederic Chopin and authoress George Sand stayed on the beautiful Balearic island of Majorca during the winter of 1838. At this time, Chopin and Sand had only been lovers ..read more
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Les Baricades mistérieuses
The Cross-Eyed Pianist
by The Cross-Eyed Pianist
3w ago
Guest post by Yvonne Frindle I am that most unfortunate of creatures: a pianist without a piano. And the longer I procrastinate, the more and more out of practice I become. I doubt I’ll be trying out my next piano with one of Haydn’s great English sonatas or Rachmaninoff’s Polichinelle. Oh no. There’s another piece ..read more
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Songs with, and without words – New releases, 26 January 2024
The Cross-Eyed Pianist
by The Cross-Eyed Pianist
3w ago
Schubert Lieder: Love’s Lasting Power – Harriet Burns, soprano, and Ian Tindale, piano This is the first joint recording from longtime musical partners Harriet Burns and Ian Tindale, and it celebrates not only the last ing power of love, in its many guises, but also the lasting appeal of Schubert’s lieder. Harriet Burns’ voice is ..read more
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“I had always been fascinated by the great Romantic pianists” – an interview with composer & psychotherapist Michael Lawson
The Cross-Eyed Pianist
by The Cross-Eyed Pianist
1M ago
By Michael Johnson English musician and polymath Michael Lawson has established a reputation in a diversity of professions – composer, pianist, psychotherapist, documentary filmmaker and archdeacon of the Church of England. As a therapist, he has worked with a variety of individuals, ranging from child prodigies to sex offenders. His remarkable new novel, International Acclaim ..read more
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‘Let the music be the most important thing’ – an interview with composer James Sizemore
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by The Cross-Eyed Pianist
1M ago
Fall in love with music before you try to make it your career ..read more
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New releases, 12 January 2024
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by The Cross-Eyed Pianist
1M ago
Two contrasting, but equally delightful new releases are featured today: HEAVEN TO EARTH Joanna Forbes L’Estrange An album of choral music, sung by London Voices, conducted by Ben Parry, with Adreanna Chan, organ, composed by Joanna Forbes L’Estrange, who has a busy career in choral music – as a singer and choral director(with ensembles such ..read more
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An invaluable, practical resource – The Musician’s Journey by Jill Timmons
The Cross-Eyed Pianist
by The Cross-Eyed Pianist
1M ago
First published in 2013, The Musician’s Journey by Dr Jill Timmons is a handbook for musicians who want to make the most of their specialist training to carve a successful professional career. A celebrated pianist, who studied with, amongst others, György Sebők, Jill Timmons is also an acclaimed educator and leading consultant in arts management ..read more
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Masterclass at Coach House Pianos London Showroom
The Cross-Eyed Pianist
by The Cross-Eyed Pianist
1M ago
MOZART & MORE…. A one-day masterclass for advanced adult amateur pianists (Grade 8+) with pianist and pedagogue Dr Michael Low, hosted by Frances Wilson (The Cross-Eyed Pianist) at the sumptuous London showroom of Coach House Pianos Participants will have the opportunity to play a beautiful Bosendorfer grand piano and receive expert tuition, critique and advice ..read more
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Letter(s) to Erik Satie – an intriguing homage
The Cross-Eyed Pianist
by The Cross-Eyed Pianist
1M ago
Letter(s) to Erik Satie Bertrand Chamayou, piano French pianist Bertrand Chamayou’s latest album features works by two musical mavericks, Erik Satie and John Cage. “Erik Satie and John Cage are UFOs in the world of music, because they envisioned music through a completely different prism,” says Chamayou. “They are pioneers in the sense that, for ..read more
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