New Pianofforte Magazine & the Jaques Samuel Junior Piano Festival

Faber Music’s annual magazine Pianofforte, is now available. It’s a superb periodical (as might be expected from one of the UK’s foremost publishing houses) which is essentially for piano teachers, featuring many interesting piano related articles. This edition comprises information on all recent Faber Music publications, including new Messiaen works, Piano By Ear (by Lucinda…

Philip Fowke in conversation with Melanie Spanswick

My twenty-seventh interview features British concert pianist and teacher Philip Fowke. We met up a few weeks ago at Steinway Hall in London for a fascinating chat about many aspects of Philip’s career. Philip’s first piano teacher was Marjorie Withers. At seventeen he won a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music in London where he…

Salon Music

The piano is the perfect vehicle for Salon music; music more suited to the drawing-room as opposed to the concert hall. This genre was popular in Europe in the Nineteenth Century. During this period, many composers were also performers, and they loved to write little pieces to perform at house recitals or soirées, showcasing their talents in relatively short…