My name is Melanie. I am a pianist and classical music lover and this is my first blog post ever, so thank you for stopping by and taking the time to read my mostly musical musings. Hopefully I can persuade you to continue reading my posts over the coming weeks and months.
I have some reservations about blogs especially the concept of making one’s private thoughts public, but I do enjoy writing and feel the need to promote classical music and music education. I aim to write some reviews, piano playing and music education posts and random thoughts as well as feature guest blog writers.
My passion is essentially piano music. I also love music education, something which needs to be highlighted particularly in the current economic climate – this subject will be developed substantially here over the coming months.
I would really like your comments and feedback too.
So to get started, here is a little ray of sunshine – something which made me smile with delight this morning; an exciting rendition of Prokofiev’s Piano Sonata No.7 Op. 83 played by the marvelous Martha Argerich:
For much more information about practising repertoire, take a look at my two-book piano course, Play it again: PIANO (Schott). Covering a huge array of styles and genres, 49 progressive pieces from approximately Grade 1 – 8 are featured, with at least two pages of practice tips for every piece.
If you’re thinking about learning to play the piano, my guide-book, So You Want To Play The Piano? (Alfred) is full of useful help and support.
The Faber Music Piano Anthology (Faber) is also a valuable resource for those who desire a collection of standard repertoire from Grades 2 – 8, featuring 78 pieces in total.
I have written a selection of educational piano music (both solo and duet) and you can hear it and find out much more here: EVC Music Publications.