Saturday, July 30, 2005
Read the rest of it here. I look forward to the movie.
"It [Marlboro Festival] was an all-around exposure to the world of the arts; it was a dramatic crossroads in my life," says Rose, now a respected interpreter of Liszt and other great 19th-century composers. Rose is on the faculty at Mannes College of Music in Manhattan. "I wanted to do something similar in the piano world." .
and the seeming dysfunctionalism of today's piano competitions:
"I'm trying to regard them as young artists, not racehorses, where if you come in second you're not as good as the first,"says Rose, who finds the more typical competition track, which pits young pianists against each other in high-pressure circumstances, distastefully crass. "All of that is a very warped attitude. One problem with (competitions) is that, if you happen to be in your late 20s and still studying, there's this feeling that it's all over for you if you haven't won one and are not yet known."
We agree. Read the rest here
Visit the Marlboro Festival here
Visit the International Keyboard Institute and Festival here
And the fall-back for the competition burn-out: Grad School and the pretensions of academe?
"when singers who are not opera singers start singing opera arias and are identified by the media as "opera singers," I get really cross. A person who makes a living singing opera on a stage is a true opera singer. A pop idol singing opera arias, however well -- or badly, as is usually the case -- is merely a singer of opera arias. When the media refers to such singers as "opera singers," it lowers standards, expectations and diminishes the achievements of those who have studied and really know what they are doing." Read the rest here
"Douglas Humpherys, chairman of the Eastman piano department and artistic director of the piano competition, says that 70 percent to 80 percent of Eastman's piano majors are now Asian. The Juilliard School of Music in New York City reports a similar percentage, and top piano teachers around the country now joke that the American conservatory system would immediately collapse if you removed Asians from the classroom. Only it's no joke. "
""Two decades ago very few people in China studied piano because no one had any money," says Yafen [Zhu] . "But the opening up of China and the economic growth has changed everything. Now almost every family can have a piano. It's created a piano craze."
Read the rest here
Friday, July 29, 2005
This lovely thing is a piano with pedal board made in Italy by Borgato.
Their website is today's web pick. I would completely love to sit down and play at one of these things. I should think it sounds as beautiful as it appears. Visit their website here. It includes a brief history of the pedalboard and some of the composers who wrote for it:
"In the 19th and 20th centuries other composers also wrote for the piano with pedalboard, among these:
Alexandre Pierre François Boëly 1785 – 1858 Twelve pieces Op. 18
Robert Schumann 1810 – 1856 Studien op. 56; Skizzen Op. 58; Six Fugues on the name of "Bach"
Franz Liszt 1811 – 1886 Fantasie und Fuge über den Choral "Ad nos, ad salutarem undam" from Meyerbeer's "Prophet"
Charles Valentin Alkan 1813 – 1888 Twelve Ètudes pour les pieds seulement, Benedictus in D minor Op. 54, Thirteen Prières Op. 64 Eleven Grands Préludes et une transcription du "Messiah" de Händel Op. 66 Impromptu sur le choral de Luther Op. 69 "Ein Feste Burg ist unser Gott" Op. 69 for piano with pedalboard
Charles Gounod 1818 - 1893 Fantasie sur l'hymne national russe, Suite Concertante and Danse Roumaine for piano with pedalboard and orchestra, Larghetto for violin, viola, 'cello and piano with pedalboard, Marcia Solenne for organ or piano with pedalboard.
Camille Saint-Saëns 1835 – 1921 Concerto for piano with pedalboard and orchestra (First version of the 2nd Piano Concerto)
Léon Boëllmann 1862 – 1897 Twelve pieces Op. 16
Franco Oppo 1935 "Freu dich sehr o meine Seele" (2000)
Fabrizio Marchionni 1976 "S'Indàssa" (2000)
Jean Guillou 1930 "Epitases" (2002) "
''In the 19th century," he says, ''pretty much anyone who could afford a piano had one. They were very common rhythm instruments in early string bands." Bourne has become an avid scholar of the piano's rise and fall in American folk music, just as he has in the melodic style of Old West saloon music. He has complained to ''Deadwood" 's producers about their historically inaccurate use of guitar-driven, bluegrass-type string bands. Those kinds of bands did not exist in the 1870s, when the show is set; though larger saloons might have had a small ensemble featuring piano and fiddles.
The piano was also a mainstay in American homes -- and not just wealthy homes, Bourne says. ''In the 1860s, '70s, '80s everybody had a piano in their parlor. There were 4,000 piano manufacturers in this country alone. It was such an all-encompassing instrument; you could play anything on it."So what happened?
Very nice to see the piano being recognized for it's central place in American musical and social history.
Read the rest here.
Check out the website for the Lowell Folk Festival here
Thursday, July 28, 2005
A new piano competition open to pianists of all ages.
Read the rest.
Visit the IPI website here.
At some point, entering a competition (like going to summer music camps and festivals) has just got to stop being fun. No?
According to a news report, Charlie Sheen (born Carlos Irwin Estevez) "is determined to find time to learn to play the piano because he's sick of pretending to be a jingle writer on his hit US TV sitcom TWO + A HALF MEN."
Sheen says, "I have learned, positionally, where my fingers should be on the keyboard at certain times. That's a start." Read the rest.
Wednesday, July 27, 2005
Mmmmm.. That's a name you can go to the bank on!
What it is: "Founded in 2000 by musician and engineer Eric Singer, LEMUR's philosophy is to build robotic instruments that "play themselves." In LEMUR designs, the robots are the instruments."
Listen to an mp3 of Lemur here . I like it. There's something...I dunno..."Kicky-Garage Band-Meets-Reich"
On the other hand, I must confess that the Lemurs have done nothing to efface my affection for "The Avant-Garde Grandpa". Who sounds a little like Brak. Listen to Avant-Garde Grandpa perform his "Tribute to Beethoven" (mp3 file. Check out the quotation in the L.H. from a Chopin polonaise. Happy music making).
Watch the Lemurs perform here
"Two actors, two pianos and many, many characters grace the stage as fifteen years of learning the art of piano playing unfolds in an hour and a half. "
Be sure to check out the Quicktime clip. It's pretty goofy.
"A 16-year-old pianist is suing his music teacher for allegedly confronting him on stage during a Carnegie Hall competition and slamming the keyboard cover on his fingers as they argued over what piece he would play. " Read the rest here.
via TSG (The Smoking Gun) you can read it here.
More here (Washington Post) and here (CNN)
Tuesday, July 26, 2005
Washinton Post reports:
"Recording industry titan Sony BMG Music Entertainment agreed Monday to pay $10 million and stop bribing radio stations to feature its artists in what a state official called a more sophisticated generation of the payola scandals of decades ago." (emphasis mine)
and love this:
"Don Henley of the Eagles, a founding member of the Recording Artists Coalition, praised Spitzer for addressing a problem that hurts recording artists."
According to the article, Attorney General Spitzer is also looking at "EMI, Warner Music Group and Vivendi Universal SA's Universal Music Group."
Read the rest of the article here
Of course this old news in a sense. For example, there is this article from 2001 in Salon.com which pretty much nails things head-on, and boldly asks and answers:
"Why does radio suck? Because most stations play only the songs the record companies pay them to. And things are going to get worse." Read the rest here
Carnival Numero 8 can be found here at "The LLama Butchers"
Carnival 7 is here
What is it? A smashing good thing from the TexasBestGrok. From the FaQ:
"The Carnival of Music is a celebration of all things musical - listening to or playing it, writing or recording it, analyzing or criticizing it. Music history, music theory, and composition are all welcome and encouraged in featured entries. I will not limit genres; classical, jazz, pop, rock, rap, country -- all are welcome here."
Read all about it here
And to get you in the mood here's an MP3 recording of Franz Liszt's Hungarian Rhapsody no 6 (known as the Carnival of Pesth). Listen here. It's performed at the piano by Maestro Sergio Calligaris. Check out his web page here
And the New Orleans International Piano Competition is going on this month as well..
Read about it here.
Choice quote: ""Chaz Jenkins, the head of LSO Live, the London Symphony Orchestra's recording company, says "downloads are the future for classical music". When the orchestra's catalogue became available on iTunes, online sales outstripped conventional sales. "You can reach audiences who are intimidated by walking into a classical CD store, or who just can't get to one."
"What would you say, given one free minute of anonymous public speech? One Free Minute is a mobile sculpture designed to allow for instances of anonymous public speech. When you call the cellphone inside One Free Minute, you get connected for exactly a minute to a 200 watt amplifier and speaker. The speech produced by the speaker can be heard clearly more than 150 feet away from the sculpture. "
'...Woodard, who's a new regular, plays a housewife with a dark secret. "Her character was a concert pianist," Cherry says. "She's going to be involved in something pretty gothic on the show -- pretty dark and spooky." more here
It's one of those programs I almost never watch, but can get sucked into once in awhile. I am both repulsed and amused by it.
"We are delighted to present a podcast that reflects our philosophy of 'go-anywhere' opera. Now people can listen to our podcast wherever, and whenever they want. We hope its informal style and interviews will encourage more people to try out opera, wherever they come across it."
Read more about it here
Check out the Podopera website here
"The changes WMHT FM have made so far have succeeded in accomplishing one thing classical stations all over the country have tried to do: attracting younger listeners. According to Arbitron, 37.5 percent of classical music listeners are over the age of 65, and 61 percent are over 55. In the past two years, the average age of the WMHT listener has fallen from 66 to 57. "
Read about it here
"EVERY year, more than half a million people fight their way through small streets to visit Mozart's birthplace on the third floor of a medieval town house in the Getreidegasse. It is the place to go, even if you are really here only for the "Sound of Music" tour." Read the Rest Here
This nicely bookends an article on the birthplace (and career) of Franz Liszt:
"The house in which Liszt was born in October 1811 stands in the town of Raiding (Doborján in Hungarian) in what is now Austrian Burgenland. The house is now a museum - you will find it at 42 Lisztstrasse, Raiding, not far from Sopron. " Read the rest here.
"He played through his formidable program without a visible droplet of perspiration on his brow, without so much as unbuttoning his sky-blue sports coat......He also shared some musical tricks he amuses himself with, like playing the Chopin études down a step in key, or revealing how by just adding a plaintive harmony to a descending D major scale you can evoke the "suffering Tchaikovsky."
Read the rest here
Thursday, July 21, 2005
Check it out here
They are offering Beethoven's 5th Piano Concerto with pianist Emanuel Ax and the Philharmonia Orchestra under the baton of Esa-Pekka Salonen .
"...people DO want great classical music. They just need to be able to GET AT IT easily. That doesn't mean dumbing-down or doing crossover. It just means changing the means by which the best stuff is made available."
And perhaps they are taking note, at least judging by this article in PC Pro by Simon Aughton. he writes:
"Record labels' classical music bosses are reassessing their policy on downloads, having been taken by surprise by the figures. It has been thought for a while that the genre was in terminal decline, and little effort has been made to exploit the rise of digital music"
But I can't help but wonder if "classical music bosses" are altogether ready to think outside the box in the digital age:
"However Matthew Cosgrove, director of Warner Classics, warned against too many similar giveaways, fearing that a proliferation of free music will hit sales (where have we heard that before?)."
Then there is this factoid at the bottom of Aughton's article: The download and sale of Classical music through iTunes's music store exceed physical sales.
Sifted another way, however, the marriage of digital technologies and classical music production(s) raise for some cautionary questions and concerns. Pliable's fine blog On An Overgrown Path has done an admirable job of articulating such . A recent post cuts to the quick:
"I completely understand the compelling argument that free downloads such as these Beethoven Symphonies widen the audience for classical music. By the same token I look forward to attending the free concert performance that the BBC will be offering of Siegfried at next year's Prom season to bring Wagner to a wider audience. And if that is not financially possible, why do we have to pay a fair rate to the star musicians who sit with us in the concert hall, but not to those hidden away in a recording studio? "
Check out that post as well as " Is recorded classical music too cheap? "
"The American Music Center and the Siday Charitable Foundation have commissioned six composers to write telephone on-hold music for AMC's New York office."
The "original electro-acoustic" can be heard in the States by dialing 212. 366-5260 or online at www.amc.net.
"Now, McDonald's reportedly hopes to lure hip-hop artists to drop references to Big Macs into their rhymes. Though it's not offering money upfront, the fast-food giant is willing to pay rappers $1 to $5 each time songs with the plug hit the radio, according to today's Advertising Age. McDonald's hopes to have its signature sandwich in several songs by summer, the mag says. And it looks like the plan just might boost sales, some McDonald's customers said yesterday."
Wednesday, July 20, 2005
"Now YOU may judge for yourself as to whether these pieces deserve a wider hearing and the ability to join the repertoire. These never-before-heard works are now available to anyone with a computer, a modem and a soundcard, in the form of MIDI files. Our rule of thumb has been that if a work has been recorded and is readily available, we will not produce a MIDI file, concentrating instead on the works which are not otherwise available. At present, over twelve hours of Beethoven's music is available on this website and in no other listenable format."
The Unheard Beethoven
"With painstaking care, they're systematically turning Beethoven's most illegible scrawls into digital scores that can be downloaded and played by any computer, with the ultimate goal of bringing to life virtually every note the composer put to paper."
Along the way, the article makes some good points that touch upon much broader issues.
Perhaps it's a quixotic dream in the era of Britney Spears and Eminem. But Zimmer and Holsbergen are part of a growing community of amateurs and semiprofessionals who are using the Net and other digital tools to bring classical music out of concert halls and academies, hoping to popularize it with the democratizing force of the Internet.
The evidence may not be visible yet in classical music sales, which, at about 3 percent of the market, are a sliver of pop music sales. Yet the energy is palpable, on interlocking blogs from ordinary music fans and from the New Yorker magazine's music critic, in the classical stations programmed by home disc jockeys on services such as Live365, and in the eager amateur criticism accompanying this spring's Webcast of the Van Cliburn piano competitions.Read the rest of this fine article here.
"The South Dakota chapter of the American Guild of Organists is co-sponsoring Pipe Organ Encounter, which began Sunday and runs through Friday on the campus of Augustana College.
"We have 18 kids, ages 11 to 18, from seven different states," said Marilyn Schempp, the camp's co-director. "Close to half of them have never touched an organ until this week."
Read the rest here.
Read the rest here
Monday, July 18, 2005
"If downloading was the real reason the classical recording industry was on the ropes, we'd have probably heard about all of the classical P2P networks out there. We haven't, of course. In fact, the major labels have been complaining that classical music is so dead that they haven't even been able to give it away.The Beethoven Experience shows that you can give it away. We'll have to wait and see whether new listeners, now that they've been exposed to classical music, will want more of it—and if they're willing to pay for it. My guess is that they will, but perhaps not as much as the major labels would like." [emphasis mine]
Read the rest here
"He has no pretences, this son of a carillonneur who first took up piano at age 4, then sat for years next to his father in Toronto's Metropolitan United Church, learning the not-so-delicate art and technique of playing the bells."
Read the rest here
Friday, July 15, 2005
"Legendary comic Les Dawson and musicians Peter Skellern and Bobby Crush were among the stars to have tickled the ivories over the many years it has sat in thetheatre."
"...piano legend Van Cliburn will be the pavilion of the Ravinia Festival. After an absence of 30 years, he returns to Highland Park at 7 p.m. Saturday to perform the Grieg Piano Concerto with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Ravinia music director James Conlon. "
"But being one of the world's most famous pianists has its downside, and the ensuing decades have not been an endless stream of ticker-tape parades. Cliburn performed 100 or so concerts a year for many years, and critics began to fault him for playing only a selected group of 19th century masterworks. He began a long hiatus from regular performing in the late 1970s."
Read the rest of the article here
Thursday, July 14, 2005
"A jazz documentary which captures the legendary Montmartre Club in Copenhagen 'Between a Smile and a Tear: A Night at the Montmartre Club in Copenhagen' is due to premiere this summer. The film has been made possible by the world-renowned pianist Niels Lan Doky." Read the rest here
Wednesday, July 13, 2005
AP: Was classical music always what you were going to do?
O'Riley: Oh yeah, always. Realizing I was never going to be a popular kid playing Bach and Mozart, I did start a rock band when I was in sixth grade. ... After that I had a fusion band for a while, and we did a lot of original material. Some of it was pretty lame but a lot of it was good stuff. My family moved to Pittsburgh and I ended up playing professionally at a jazz club toward the end of high school. So when I went to the New England Conservatory, it was as a classical musician, but also with an ear toward continuing that, and then I decided cold turkey to continue with classical music.
AP: What's your take on the controversy over the Internet's role in the music industry?
O'Riley: I'm on a Radiohead fan site constantly, ateaseweb.com. They'll say, I feel so guilty, I'm downloading your record right now. I'll say, well, the people who are objecting to downloading are the people who are putting two decent tracks on a record, and are afraid that the shit's gonna stink when people hear the whole thing. I'm not worried that people are going to hear my record and not want to buy it. You know, I own every single Radiohead ever did, and it's not for lack of having downloaded all of them at various times in various forms.
Read the rest here
"The Living Composers Project is a non-profit database begun in 2000, which aims to provide composers, listeners, performers, and researchers with a source of information about the music of our time."
You can search by country and find information about a living composer just about anywhere in the world. Check it out.
"That is just great," said Eleanor Long, orchestra manager, on Monday upon learning of the state appropriation. She said the purchase of the used 9-foot Steinway Concert Grand, which the state says has a total price tag of $60,000, would fill a great void for the orchestra. "It is perfect for any soloist for any occasion," Long said." Read the rest here
And speaking of the Vermont Symphony Orchestra, they're holding auditions. Details here
Tuesday, July 12, 2005
Key graf that stuck out for me was this:
"Conversely, video game music is already rising in popularity with classical musicians. "I think it's the next place classical music is going," said Laura Karpman, who composed music for "EverQuest II." "I think it's very relevant.""
I don't know that it's where classical music (allowing for a broad definition) is going. Rather it's already gone there.
Agreed: "Record companies need to think a little bit out of the box these days instead of putting forth doom and gloom." Read more here
And what about those who downloaded the BBC's free Beethoven symphonies? You can read what one of them has to say here
"Perhaps the talent for hearing and enjoying music is actually separate from the ability to produce it. I knew a woman who was an avid concertgoer, but who was so tone deaf that even her speech was a monotone. So maybe not all listeners are failed performers; they may be maestros in their own right, unusually excelling in a private, precious, non-competitive medium."
I do think they are separate activities. As are musicianship and performance. I have known very fine musicians who play only for themselves. Hearing bits and pieces of their playing coming up the walk, thru an open window, and so one. They'd rather die then sit down and play for an audience, even if on a rare blue moon they might play a "small something" for friends.
I'd say she gets just about right with regards to the free Beethoven mp3's made available by the BBC:
"More than 650,000 copies were downloaded in the first week, suggesting that there was a preponderance of computer literate, young people seizing the day. Popularisation of culture is emphatically to be encouraged, as with the three tenors and 'Nessun Dorma', Classic FM and the Top of the Pops-style music charts, CDs entitled Wagner's Greatest Hits and the like.
The new BBC Prom season has a home page geared for family appeal. Music is good for the soul, maybe for pacification and relief of stress, and should be universally disseminated. "
and what a fine image:
"But for a memorable, timeless experience, there was nothing to match listening to a concert pianist, Alexander Block, playing a repertoire from Glinka to Shostakovitch to Gershwin, on an upright piano in the bar of our train, while we trundled round St Petersburg in the white nights of summer; the sun suspended as if by surface tension on the horizon. All of us transfixed and silent over our vodka and beer."
Read the rest here
Monday, July 11, 2005
She's hawking a her bio. Seems a hodge-podge of a mess. I'll take a pass. Read about and decide for yourself here
The Washington Post has finally gotten around to taking note of Alexei Sultanov's passing. Whatever the intentions, it strikes me a pity they couldn't do better.
Read it here. Or not.
Thursday, July 07, 2005
I heard news of the vicious and cowardly attacks in London this morning. Prayers and sympathy go out to all the UK and especially to the people of London.
I was most anxious to check in on fellow music bloggers Pliable and Jessica Duchen. Jessica has posted and is OK. Hope to soon see a post from Pliable.
Some links to more information:
Wikipedia has mushroomed with info on the attacks. Both the BBC and the Guardian have dedicated coverage sites.
Images from London have been posted as well.
A blog I read is Random Reality, it's a blog by an EMT who works for the London Ambulance Service. Check it out.
Wednesday, July 06, 2005
""Este blog ha cerrado por haber dejado de ser anónimo". Me quedé perplejo y conmovido.Ahora me siento culpable."
I know that feeling.
Read the rest here.
"La Idea del Norte" has become one of my favorite blogs. Well worth adding to your own bookmarks. It covers a wide variety of topics with the kind of nimble elegance I can only dream of possessing. How can you not be immediately drawn in by a post that begins:
"El día que perdí el uso de mis manos empecé a descubrir mi lugar ante el piano. "
Read the Rest.
Say it's July 9th, you're in NYC, and you've an afternoon to fill. You might consider the free screening of Clint Eastwood's "Piano Blues" showing at the Sony Wonder Technology Lab.
Piano Blues (NR)A Film by Clint EastwoodSaturday, July 9 at 2 p.m.
"Director and piano player Clint Eastwood explores his life-long passion for piano blues, using a treasure trove of rare historical acts as well as interviews and performances by such living legends as Ray Charles, Fats Domino and Dr. John.running time: 85 mins." Details Here.
"In this extraordinary live music event this great experimental rock trio performs original music to surreal and breathtakingly beautiful short documentaries of underwater life by the revolutionary French filmmaker Jean Painleve. "
"Yo La Tengo".
Read it here.
Also worth a peek is this interview with Diamond (as well as Crumb and Perle) found here.
I was certain I had a recording of Diamond's Piano Concerto. The disc I thought it on turned out to be a recording of a different composer's work. Digging about further, I can't find any mention of a commerical recording of Diamond's Piano Concerto. If anyone knows of one, let me know. Hopefully the Delos Diamond Series will include it in a future release!
"..everyone expects Tanglewood to be transformed in the Levine era, but no one knows yet what direction the changes will take. Levine has been at the Boston Symphony Orchestra's summer home, festival, and school only twice before, as an audience member in 1956, when he was 13, and as a guest conductor in 1972. "
Read the rest here.
"Seventh International Web Concert Hall competition concluded in June 29th, with the selection of no winners and five honorary mentions award recipients. Seven Honorary Mentions were given to the following performers (alphabetical order):
Attwood, Koji (Piano) - USA
Chiovetta, Fabrizio (Piano) - Swiss / Italian
Liu, Yang (Violin) - China
Roth, Linus (Violin) - Germany
Trio di Pavia (Piano Trio) - Italy"
More about the competition here.
Sometimes the real winners are the non-winners. How so? Just have a listen to Koji Atwood over here.
From the site's intro page:
"The mission of the American Pianists Association (APA) is to discover, promote and advance the careers of world-class, classical and jazz pianists, who are citizens of the United States between the ages of 18 and 30, through competitions, performance tours and educational programs. "
"...mourners, including internationally renowned pianists Van Cliburn, Jose Feghali and Alexander Korsantia, were gathered for a memorial service for Sultanov, gold medalist of the 1989 Cliburn Piano Competition."
Read the rest here.
Tuesday, July 05, 2005
Not much happens on the Stetson University campus just before the sun comes up. Except on the third floor of Presser Hall every day at 6 a.m. when Carl Saliani rediscovers the music that may have saved his life 60 years ago in Europe.
Read the rest here.
"By choosing university (Columbia) over conservatory (e.g., Juilliard) and by shunning piano competitions, he eschewed the most direct line to celebrity, preferring instead to nourish "the soul" (through the study of the liberal arts) while he learned all about music and "mastered the piano" (and with it the light and dark sides of "the universe") under the guiding influence of his beloved teacher, Steuermann. Thus, when in his young professional life he came to the proverbial fork in the road, he was not forced to forsake one (teaching) for the other (concertizing); having the wherewithal and the courage to choose both, he did. And so it was that Russell Sherman came to balance his time between teaching and performing and happily, he has flourished in both worlds - though minus the glitz (as he probably likes it), and with but a gleam of fame. "Music," he wrote in his book, "is a cake which grows as you eat it, which has seven layers and seven more for each layer." In a very real sense, he's got his multi-layered cake, and eats it too."
Read the rest here.
Today marks the birth of Wanda Landowska. She was born in July 5th, 1879 and lived until 1959. More about her remarkable life and career can be found here.
Some choice Landowska quotes:
"I never practice; I always play."
"The most beautiful thing in the world is, precisely, the conjunction of learning and inspiration."
"People ask why I play Bach so romantically. Well, Bach was a very romantic man; he had 22 children."
"You go on playing Bach your way, and I'll go on playing him his way."
Sunday, July 03, 2005
"Hospital officials trying to discover the identity of the so-called Piano Man are looking into the possibility he could be from Norway. The virtuoso pianist has not spoken since being found soaking wet, dressed in a dinner suit, in Sheerness, Kent, 11 weeks ago. "
and a reader of this blog asked about autism as a possibility. It now appears that they may be:
"Several theories have emerged as to what has caused Piano Man's condition. Some sychiatrists say he shows all the signs of being an autistic savant." Read the rest here.
No word on what constitutes "virtuoso" here.
Saturday, July 02, 2005
Friday, July 01, 2005
Read the rest here. And bookmark the site. "Monsters and Critics" is tres cool.
Check it out here.
"His astounding roller-coaster career, which included a gold-medal triumph at the 1989 Cliburn competition when he was still a teen-ager, ended quietly Thursday morning when he died in his sleep at his Fort Worth home."
Read the rest.
The website for Sultanov was recently one of my web picks. You find it here.