Alice Ashley at a Piano (1936). Donald Chisholm Towner (British, 1903–1985). Oil on canvas. Burgh House and Hampstead Museum.
Alice Ashley was the daughter of eminent architect H. V. Ashley, who was responsible for many Hampstead buildings, including some on Frognal Gardens.
Manuscript pages from Frédéric Chopin’s piano works in the composer’s hand:
- Notes and doodles by the composer (perhaps for his Variations on Mozart’s “La ci darem la Mano”). The doodle is apparently of Mozart and some sort of monument.
- Opening measures to Etude Op. 10, No. 3. Notice the original Vivace ma non troppo tempo indication.
- Opening to the Ballade No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 23.
- Section from the Nocturne in Db Major, Op. 27, No. 2.
- Section from Prelude in Bb Minor, Op. 28, No. 16
- Final measures of Ballade No. 2 in F Major, Op. 38.
- Possibly an autograph by the composer using measures from the Polonaise in Ab Major, Op. 53.
- Opening to the Sonata No. 3 in B Minor, Op. 58.
- Page from Waltz in Db Major, Op. 64, No. 1 (“Minute Waltz”).
- Mazurka in F Minor, Op. 68, No. 4 - the composer’s final composition.
The Organist Episode 21: The Piano Van
The story of Chris Stroffolino, who describes his journey from academia—writing Cliffs Notes to Shakespeare, teaching Creative Writing at NYU—to the downtown poetry scene of the 90s, to playing in the Silver Jews on their great 1998 album American Water, to a bicycle accident and eventual self-enforced homelessness – where he currently lives in a 1983 Ford Econoline van retrofitted with a piano in the back, performing for pedestrians.
Source SoundCloud / KCRW
Page 120 of “Conversations with Igor Stravinsky” by Robert Craft. Love those glyphs.
Suspended Pianos Light Up The Night | Caruso’s Dream
“I have this weird obsession about buying books and looking at them with a smile, even if I won’t read them soon. At least they are mine now.”
Here’s a video profiling renowned classical pianist Kirill Gerstein, who comes to LPR Sunday evening to perform the New York premiere of Brad Mehldau’s Variations on a Melancholy Theme, as well as Modest Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition.
excellent explanation of the relationship of a pianist to his or her instrument
It is even more true with less “romantic” repertoire.