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DELVING DEEPER I always get a frisson of pleasure when International Piano arrives through the letterbox. One of the positive outcomes of the pandemic has been an already excellent magazine’s improvement. The inclusion of more in-depth articles and printed scores has greatly increased my enjoyment of recent issues. Please can this continue once restrictions ease? David Glynn, via email
The editor replies: Thank you for your encouraging words. The pandemic has given us all an opportunity to step back and see the bigger picture. I’m pleased to have found there is no shortage of topics to cover in the piano world, even at a time when very few live events are taking place. Rest assured we will strive to achieve a healthy balance between topical coverage and in-depth articles after concerts and competitions resume.
PLATFORM CHANGE Issue 69 (September/October 2021) carried an article about the online teaching platform ‘mfClassrooms’ but it appears this service has since disappeared from the internet. No reason for the shutdown is given via its website. Can you shed any light on this issue? Gareth Carr, Melbourne, Australia mfClassrooms founder Roberto Prosseda replies: The mfClassrooms website is still active for existing customers but will soon be replaced by a new platform called mfClasses. This will offer more advanced technology and enhanced features for musicians at the cheaper price of €14.99 per month. Further details to follow.
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PAGE TURNERS I enjoyed Benjamin Ivry’s article on pianists in literature (Issue 71, ‘Keyboard fiction’, page 21). Although it did not claim to be comprehensive, there were nevertheless several glaring omissions of titles from the past few decades: The Death of David Dabrizzi (Paul Micou), The Concert e f
Pianist (Conrad Williams), Deceptive Cadence (Eugenia Zukerman), The Piano Student (Lea Singer) and, in my opinion, by far the best: Frank Conroy’s Body and Soul, a brilliant evocation of a child prodigy pianist’s journey from poverty to maturity and wealth. Nick Forton-Evans, via email
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