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What is Art?

It is not easy to define the arts and it is not easy to say what the arts have in common. A list of the arts may be a helpful starting point. Music Theater Dance Visual arts Literature Architecture Film Some cultures include cooking or gardening as art form. Some critics argue that we make […]

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The Next Generation of Listener

Classical Music and Kids At some school concerts some children don’t sit still and are not quiet for a concert. This makes it very difficult for an artist to do his job. It is possible that this is the only problem we have to address. Without cooperation from the children in the audience it is […]

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Ten Myths of Creativity

Does the word creativity raises images of half-crazed geniuses who cut off their ears, paint masterpieces, party like mad and die of drug overdoses? These stereotypes may make good movie plots, but do they correspond to reality? Is this really what creativity is like? Let’s examine some of the myths. Myth One: Creativity Comes from […]

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Haydn in Aschaffenburg (in German)

Main-Echo, Aschaffenburg, 3.11.2009 Mythos Genie trotz mancher Instant-Sonate Anekdotenkonzert: Der Budapester Pianist Geoffrey Thomas in der Aschaffenburger Christuskirche auf den Spuren Joseph Haydns Aschaffenburg. „Wie zum Teufel haben Sie das geschrieben, Haydn?“ fragte Geoffrey Thomas ein ums andere Mal in seinen kleinen Szenen, die er zum Lebenslauf des großen Musikers und Komponisten zusammensetzte. Denn nicht […]

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Leicester Early Music Festival Review

Women Found Handel Attractive: Sonatas and Stories – Geoffrey Thomas Leicester Early Music Festival, Leicester Cathedral Leicester Mercury 27th May 2009 There must be many accounts of Haydn’s life and music, but few interpretations can provide as engaging a portrait as that provided by actor and pianist Geoffrey Thomas. Thomas’ dry acting style and vocal […]

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Tears of Laughter

Below are some comments about the performance of Handel’s Duels at the Handel House in Halle on September 28, 2008. When we talk about your concert, we can’t help gushing. When you combine good music with such charm and knowledge, then you can be certain the public will buy it. I’ll say it again: it […]

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Creative Practice

If you want your results to be creative, it stands to reason that the process of getting there should be creative. Put another way, uncreative practice will yield uncreative results. A recent conversation with composer Charles Young led me to a more creative practice method. The conversation was not in fact about practicing; it was […]

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List of Musical Skills

Twyla Tharp, the choreographer, has a brilliant book called The Creative Habit. Can’t recommend it enough. The book includes a number of exercises, one of which was to list the fundamental skills in your art form. Here is my list: Skills List Accompanying Affects Analysis Arranging Articulation Arpeggios Chord recognition Chord voicing Clefs Composing Conducting […]

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Just Concentrate!

Just Concentrate! How many times have you said that to yourself? Has it actually ever worked? Just Concentrate! is the sort of thing the inner coach is always yelling at you. The inner coach is a notion developed by Marianne Ploger. If, like me, you have a constant inner dialogue, you are sure to have […]

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Denver University Master Class

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