Friday, February 6, 2009

The Piano on the Scepter'd Isle

There are plenty of British pianists we know about from their recordings, but what about British composers that wrote for the piano? There are many, until computer software programs like Sibelius and others came about - pretty much all composers spent time at the keyboard trying out harmonies and improvising their way from one musical fragment to the next. Besides
the biggest market for music was the piano, and who would want to pass up all those sales!

From musicians that emigrated to London to home grown talent, there is lots of British music for the piano, from real eccentrics like Cyril Scott to Elgar, Arnold Bax and Benjamin Britten.

On the Piano this Sunday afternoon a quick listen to some well known composers and their little known music for the piano. This Sunday afternoon at 5 on KPAC and KTXI.

host Randy Anderson

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