Canadian pianist and composer Gordon Rumson has been exploring various composers, including Wilfrid Mellers, and, more recently, the very aged (and surprisingly youthful looking) American composer Leo Ornstein.
From Pianola to Reproducing Piano
Earlier in the year, Ates Orga provided a very informative series of articles entitled Pianola to Reproducing Piano - a Plaine and Easie Introduction. and beginning with the intriguing title Rhapsodies in Wrapping Paper ...
Organist dislikes muzak
At the start of 1999, Dame Gillian Weir wrote for Music & Vision about Aspects of Vision, and I'm reminded of this by the recent BBC Radio 3 interview with Joan Bakewell (23 December 1999), in which Gillian talked about, amongst other things, her childhood in New Zealand, her early training as a pianist and her outspoken dislike of 'muzak', in all its forms.
It's an appropriate time to mention again Peter's Dale's excellent series of articles published here during the summer - the Survivor's Guide to 20th Century Music - a fast track graduation course in making your peace with the music of our time and in sweeping the house clean for the next millennium.