Thursday, August 10, 2006

Live interview for BBC Radio 3 'In Tune' on 16 Aug 06 at 18.15

‘In Tune’ , BBC Radio Three, Wednesday 16 August 2006 from 18.15 hrs

Murray will be interviewed live on BBC Radio 3's "In Tune" programme by Petroc Trelawny on Wednesday 16th August about his forthcoming Wigmore Hall Recital and the Chetham’s International Summer School and Festival For Pianists. Excerpts from his Russian and Ronald Stevenson recordings will be played.

The programme is also streamed live on the BBC Radio website at and will be available as 'audio on demand' for seven days after the broadcast, (from 16-23 August)


At 12:56 pm, Blogger Mihai Rusu-Ichim said...

Dear Mr. McLachlan

My name is mihai Rusu-Ichim, and I am a piano student. I read all your articles that appear in International Piano magazine, and on the Internet, and I find all your hints very helpfull and quite practical. Your articles on memorizing and advanced memory techniques are especially heplful to me, as well as your article on eliminating stress before a performance. I recently started working and memorizing the Chopin etude Op. 25 No. 5, and I have encountered some problems when it came to memorizing the second section marked "Piu Lento". I have tried looking at this section from a harmonic point of view, but my harmony skills are not quite enough to analyze it thoroughly. I have also tried to discover any non-harmonic patterns, I having read that this etude is especially based on patterns. Unfortunately I can not come up with any plausible ideas that are going to stick in my mind. I know that it is very hard to give advice on memorizing that can be applied to every pianist's mind, but even the smallest hint would be of great help in my situation.

I thank you in advance

Mihai Rusu-Ichim

At 9:23 am, Blogger Murray Mclachlan said...

Dear Mihai

I understand and sympathise wholeheartedly with the problems you are outlining. Basically, there is a whole world of keyboard harmony out there that you need to nourish your inner musical awareness with. There is also a gradual build-up in awareness of finger patterns and chord progressions that you need to practice via guidance from a good musicianship teacher. This kind of work is essential, but with technique and interpretation always obviously essential in piano lesson time, there often is just not enough time for teachers to help students here. If you find it difficult to study separately from your piano studies with a musicianship tutor, then there are all kinds of books on the market that you can study to help. The course that I always recommend is quite old now, and was published by Forsyths in Manchester where I live by Dorothy Pilling: 'Harmonisation of melodies at the keyboard' in three volumes. As well as this, I recommend transposing all of the Hanon exercises in time into every major and minor jey, and using the 'transposing chart' that comes in the middle of Oscar Beringer's 'Daily technical exercises' to gain awareness of this sort of basic musical grammar. Good luck with your studies.

Murray McLachlan


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