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Four hands, one piano.

Roger Wright Roger Wright | 17:12 UK Time, Monday, 1 June 2009

I have just returned to my desk having been filmed playing two of the four hands in the piano duet of the first movement of Faure's Dolly Suite. It is a project run by Jon Jacob which will eventually appear on the BBC Proms site.   rwandjj.jpg He is filming lots of my colleagues and I presume that he will make a montage of the performances.  I hope that the film is to promote our celebration of multiple pianos at this year's Proms, but I fear humiliation if only he cuts together the mistakes. Am I wrong to trust him?!

I try to play the piano every day. It is a humbling experience to be confronted by great music which you know you will never fully master, technically or musically.  It is a constant reminder of the Olympian feats which are achieved on a daily basis by performers - talent which it is all too easily taken for granted. Regularly confronting my own inadequacies as a performing musician is a great way to bring to mind just how special professional musicians really are.


  • Comment number 1.

    I hope you were wearing a nice-looking shirt. Poor Charles Hazelwood received some trenchant criticism some while ago for his Bermuda-style shirt

  • Comment number 2.

    I guess that the piano can be more stimulating than this particular keyboard, Roger. I am glad to see you following Mark Damazer's example online, and perhaps Jon (Jacob) would also like to join us at the legendary Nag's Head (sometime before or after prom 7). I am not too sure that we want to appear on BBC Radio 3, however. Ratings might finally go through the roof, or at least, upstairs into the legendary Nag's Boudoir. 2 million? We could beat Mustard Land any day of the week, Roger.

    As for BBC Radio 3 and the Proms, a belated congratulations, online, on becoming the Sony Academy Radio Awards UK Station of the Year (2009). It was well deserved, in my opinion. After the trilogy of Free Thinking Festivals, some remarkable Proms and so much else, 2009 is the Golden Age of Radio 3. Keep up the good work!


  • Comment number 3.

    Incidentally, Roger, perhaps you ought to take a look at the following discussion on the Jazz programmes messageboard, just in case I (or 'The Times') have misrepresented you.




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