I’ve posted a couple of times before about my son’s compositions. Last week he and two other talented young musicians performed in a concert that included a number of his original pieces (a Sonatina for piano and violin, two solo piano pieces, and a setting for voice and piano of Poe’s “Romance”) along with pieces by Ravel, Fauré, and Wieniawski–and, in an unusual twist, some piano-violin improvisations prompted by audience suggestions. It was a big event that took a lot of preparation, especially by Owen (who played in every piece on the program) and my husband, who handled most of the logistics. The evening was a treat: not only was the music delightful but it was wonderful to watch the three young performers working together for the love of it. The audience was very appreciative, and we have been been beaming with pride (and basking in reflected glory) ever since! Audio tracks of the entire concert are now available here, for anyone who would like a listen.
- “A Medley of Allusions”: Penelope Lively, Oleander, Jacaranda
- This Week In My Sabbatical: Writing and Brooding
- Weekend Reading: Julie Schumacher, Tana French
- “A Solitary Woman on the Threshold of Winter”: Miral al-Tahawy, Brooklyn Heights
- This Week In My Sabbatical: More of the Same
- “Meaning”: Ian McEwan, The Children Act
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