May 2019

Weedon’s Wanderings: 22nd May 2019

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COMING UP SOON...

...it’s copy date at Organ & Keyboard Cavalcade magazine. I’ve just penned my article on song contests. It called to mind the fact that I once entered such a competition and suffered dreadful embarrassment. If you want to know more, either buy the next issue of OKC or wait a while and all will be revealed. The article refers to my unhappy experience, and provides a link to the instrumental version of my song. If you’d like a sneak preview of the tune, click here to see it performed on YouTube, alongside the sheet music.

 

Weedon’s Wanderings: 13th May 2019

The Laughing Audience by Edward Matthew Ward (1816-1879) from an etching by William Hogarth (1697-1764) made in 1733, watercolour, pen and ink

SILENCE IS GOLDEN

We have just watched Queen Victoria: My Musical Britain, presented by Lucy Worsley. She explained that, when the young princess first attended the opera, it was customary for the audience to talk loudly throughout the performance. Not only that, they wandered around and enjoyed noisy and boozy picnics in the auditorium. Apparently the young Victoria was the first one to watch and listen in silence. Happily, as it was ‘trendy’ to do as she did, we have to thank her for the development of silent audiences. 

Mozart would have been startled by modern attentive audiences. His works were performed in a total hubbub. The first composer to get really stroppy about noise was Wagner. When you consider the duration of his operas (Die Meistersinger lasts five and a quarter hours) he was asking a lot. Even ardent fans would start shuffling about after a couple of...

Weedon’s Wanderings: 9th May 2019

SOUNDS CHEESY? IT’S TRUE!

If, like me, you listen to the radio throughout the night you may have come across the phenomenon of ‘dreamt reality’, where a news story works its way into your sleeping fantasy world. It amazes me how an item on the radio can hi-jack a dream I’m already having and join seamlessly into the tale in real time. It can have the odd effect of making me feel clairvoyant when I hear the next edition of the news after waking, and say “Wow, I dreamt that!”

Sometimes my dreams are so outlandish that I realise on waking that they can’t be reality. I had just such a dream last night. I dreamt that a team of scientists in Switzerland have been playing music to maturing Emmental cheeses. They found classics, rock and pop caused changes in the cheeses - and the changes were radically different. Then...