Archive for Guest Editorial

Where Were We When…?

There are always some coincidences when the significant events of history happen. Most people can probably remember the moment when they heard the news of… 

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24 Preludes Inspired by Debussy

It all began with a strange thought: what if a piece of music should suddenly forget all about itself, with only its name left behind… 

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George Enescu – A Musical Phenomenon

It all began with Noel Malcolm’s book, George Enescu: His Life and Music, published by none other than Toccata Press in 1990, which had been… 

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Arranging Wagner and the Ensuing Obsession

The release of Wagner by Arrangement, Volume Three (TOCC 0673), is the first part in a personal masterplan of Wagnerianism that has been going on for the… 

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Irmela Roelcke on Cloches et Carillons

My concert and recording project, Cloches et Carillons, impressed on me how much basic acoustic characteristics have influenced my most recent artistic interests and inclinations.… 

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A Violist’s Bucket List

I am so happy to be able to participate in the Toccata blog and tell you a little about the two albums that have been… 

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A Violist’s New CD Captures the Romance of Russian Sonatas

Article in the University of Denver Magazine (magazine.du.edu)by Tamara Chapman, 31 January 2022; reproduced with permission Compared with its siblings in the violin family –… 

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Mixing the Classical and the Popular

The urge to compose music arose after I joined a rock group in my teenage years. Although I was later classically trained, I continued to… 

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Adopt a Composer — Jürgen Thym and Samuel Adler

One of the most rewarding aspects of my activities as a musicologist has been following the life and works of living composers – be they… 

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A Symphony by Mischa Spoliansky

It may come as a surprise to many that Mischa Spoliansky, the composer of the sly and witty cabaret songs that helped to launch the… 

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Borrowed Time

It is something of a myth that composers tend to die after completing their ninth symphony, based on the relatively few that did so and… 

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Too Many Symphonies? — Part two: Fridrich Bruk

Having traversed the symphonies of Robert Keeley in Part One of this brief survey (Too Many Symphonies – Part One – posted on 9 March… 

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Remembering Taryn Fiebig

It is with tremendous sadness that I write today about the passing of the Australian soprano, Taryn Fiebig, on 20 March 2021.  Taryn was a… 

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All the Keys in Kent

One of the Toccata Classics releases later this summer will be a recording of a sequence of piano preludes commissioned from me in 2014 by… 

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Discovering Robert Fürstenthal and his ‘Lost Lieder’

It was while I was working as music curator at the Jewish Museum in Vienna that someone told me about Robert Fürstenthal. It must have… 

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The ‘Yodit’ Pieces Begin to Take on a Life of Their Own — A Report from Orlando Jacinto García

Orlando García is one of the composers who has contributed to Martin Anderson’s ‘Music For My Love’ project of pieces in memory of his partner.… 

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