Prior to the nineteenth century, pianists generally played from scores in their performances. As the audience constantly looked for new compositions and the idea of performing pieces multiple times was less common than today, new music was produced and performed very frequently. It was unrealistic to expect performers to memorise everything within the small amount of preparation time available.
Some aspects of music composition practices were also influential upon the development of memorisation in becoming a standard practice. Beginning in the nineteenth century, the production of music had slowed down significantly, because composers no longer wrote for deadlines given by aristocratic patrons, but more often for art’s sake and also for the publication market. Surprisingly, this reduced rate of composition did not make the practice of performing from memory common in the early nineteenth century. It was even discouraged by Chopin because he worried that pupils performing without scores would overlook important musical details. In addition, he believed that the audience’s attention would move away from the music to the performer, not giving as much attention to the composers, and also thereby distracting the musician... [531 more words]Read More
A short excerpt recorded live in last week’s concert. Enjoy!
You are invited!
A fundraising concert at Ward Memorial Methodist Church with flutist Dr Cleo Leung and myself
Guest performers: Ms Clara Yip, Ms Symantha Leung, Mr Angus Ho
Monday, December 3rd, 19:30
Admission by donation. The proceeds will go to Hong Kong Church Music Association for the investment in their new office space
Address: 54 Waterloo Road, Yau Ma Tei, Hong Kong
This Friday, Ms Christy Siu and I are presenting a short but extraordinary program of organ masterpieces:
- DE GRIGNY Veni Creator
- DURUFLÉ Variations from the Prélude, Adagio et Choral varié sur le thème du "Veni Creator", Op. 4
- STANFORD Postlude in D Minor, Op. 105 No. 6
[Find out more about this work here]
Date: 14 September 2018 (Friday)
Time: 13:15 - 13:45
Venue: North Point Alliance Church
[238 King's Road, Fortress Hill, Hong Kong]
* Free admission
On 8 September 2018, my friend and I will present an oboe & piano duo recital and we will perform three works:
J.S. BACH Sonata in G Minor, BWV 1020
SCHUMANN Three Romances for Oboe and Piano, Op. 94
POULENC Oboe Sonata, FP 185
- 8 September 2018 (Saturday)
- 17:00 (approx. 1hr)
- Admission by donation
- Holy Trinity Cathedral [135 Ma Tau Chung Road, Kowloon City, Hong Kong]
Here's a short excerpt recorded live at the organ concert on Saturday. It's me playing Franck's Prélude, Fugue et Variation - enjoy this little bridge passage which introduces the solemn fugue followed by! (sorry I'm not allowed to share any entire movements)
Do you have plans for the coming Saturday night (28/4)? There'll be an organ concert given by local organists, including Ms Wong Kin-yu, Ms Christy Siu, Mr Philip Chow, and myself. I'll be playing one of my favourite organ pieces - Franck's Prelude, Fugue et Variation, Op. 18. Other compositions you'll hear include those by J.S.Bach, Buxtehude, and Duruflé.
28 April 2018 (Saturday) 8pm
North Point Alliance Church
(238 King's Rd, Fortress Hill, Hong Kong)
Save the date and come along with your friends and family! Stay tuned for updates and also a short introduction of the Franck I'll be posting!