American pianist Leon Fleischer has had a fascinating life; from child prodigy (and the impressive ability to trace his teaching lineage back to Beethoven), to being struck down by a debilitating illness that nearly ended his career, to his painstaking recovery and perseverance in regaining and reshaping his career.
Re-draft after re-draft of my application form, it was finally ready to post off to Lucy Lowe in the hope I would be successful in achieving a work experience placement at the orchestra I had heard so much about.
Kerry Tavakoli, a trumpet player and keen member of StAFCO, the St Andrews and Fife Community Orchestra, writes...
Last year, StAFCO was set up in St Andrews with a very enjoyable weekend for all and with lasting results for me – a very enthusiastic trumpet player.
Sadly, we come to the end of Robert Levin Week. It's been a joy to have him on the blog - he's a fascinating speaker and we've learned a lot. We have one more concert with him on 6 November, Salomon's arrangement of Haydn's Symphony No 104 'London'.
In the following film, Robert Levin tackles the subject of arranging music, the reasons for Mahler's many four-hand arrangements and looks at Haydn through Salomon's spectacles.
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Pianist Robert Levin is known for his amazing improvised cadenzas. In this short film he talks about the feeling of dangerous unpredictablity that cadenzas brought to world premieres in Beethoven's time, and goes on to draw parallels with Jazz, comparing Duke Ellington and Harlem to Vienna in the 1800s.
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