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EMBRYONIC SOUNDS Thank you for another interesting, stimulating and controversial issue! I enjoyed reading about today’s so-called post-classical composers (Issue 74, ‘Second wave’, page 35), but having listened to all their most popular pieces, I would suggest that they should be labelled ‘pre-classical’, as they could with luck serve as a way in to proper music. Personally, however, I would call their style ‘womb music’ – the kind of thing you might play babies before they emerge into the world: all gentle rhythms and soothing harmonies without anything to excite, challenge or stimulate. Joseph Laredo, via email
TAKING NOTE I was shocked to see that your 10-member editorial board consists entirely of men. Faced with an abundance of talented female artists – Alice Sara Ott on your front cover, Angela Hewitt, Martha Argerich, Mitsuko Uchida, etc – it seems an extraordinary and entirely unnecessary bias. Can you explain what’s going on? Adrian Blair, via email
The editor replies: Thank you for raising this important question. Our editorial board is primarily constituted of industry figures with institutional roles, rather than artists, and it is regretfully the case that men are currently overrepresented in such roles. Thankfully this is now changing, albeit slower than many of us would wish. I should add that work is underway to address the imbalance you have identified and we will be announcing some new members of the International Piano editorial board in the coming months.
COLLECTING COMPOSERS I have just seen the cover of International Piano’s special Chopin collectors’ edition, Chopin: The Perfect Virtuoso. It looks fabulous! Such a great idea. Ivan Ili´c, via email
The editor replies: Thank you for your positive feedback. Our Chopin collector’s edition is the first in a new series of annual publications about great piano composers. Future candidates currently under discussion include Liszt and Rachmaninov – so watch this space!
ERRATUM Our book review of David Breitman’s Piano-Playing Revisited in July/August (page 71) suggested that ‘András Schiff has recorded late Schubert works on a Brodmann fortepiano build in 1820, about two decades before the music was written’. This chronology is incorrect, as Schubert’s late sonatas were composed in 1828. However, they were not published until 1838. Apologies for any confusion caused.
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6 September 2021 International Piano
Two hours of chamber music by Beethoven, Brahms, Liszt, Bartók and Henze will be performed by the four finalist ensembles chosen from an international entry. The result will be announced c. 3.45pm.
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