Andulko Variations by John Polglase

Over the years, I’ve been privileged to play a number of piano works by John Polglase. This year it’s a shame I can’t do the premiere performance in a live concert. But the silver lining is that instead it’s going out online to an international audience.

John has a style all of his own, and I struggle to describe it in words. So I’ll let the music speak for itself (-: But I will say a few words about how I prepared this performance.

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Haydn variations and virtual pianos

Haydn variations and virtual pianos

Today I published my first 100% digital recording.

By “100% digital”, I mean that no acoustic pianos were harmed in the making of this recording (*). All the sounds are computer-generated. This is both exciting and a little bit scary for me.

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This is not a blog

No, I’m not going to come here every day and tell you what I had for breakfast and how cute my pets are (*). But I thought it’s time for this web site to have a new look. Don’t worry, if you’re filled with nostalgia for twentieth century web design, I’ve kept the old site online.

Most importantly, the chocolate cake recipe is still there for you. And my paper on orchestral reductions for piano accompanists is still getting a few hits per year. I’ve moved the programmable software metronome to Github.

The mp3s on this site mostly ended up on Chinese ringtone sites, as did the ones on Pianosociety (sorry, there’s no way to link directly to a list of my stuff there). I don’t know how many humans actually heard them. So now I’m putting recordings on my YouTube channel instead. Later, I might have a bit to say about how those recordings and animations were created.

Do please click the “comment” button and say hi. The more people add comments, the more likely I am to update this site every year.


(*) I don’t have any pets. I do eat breakfast every day, but it’s usually not that exciting.