“What is difficult or easy in execution is not always what it seems to the listening eye – a torrential glissando is just about the simplest thing to do on the piano, yet it can still produce a gasp of wonder. Great performances of the Chopin Etudes are not those when the busy right hand is busy with speed and accuracy, but those when the left hand shapes and colours the harmony and counterpoint with infinite finesse.” Practice tip no. 16 – Telegraph Blogs
Graham Spicer is a writer, director and photographer in Milan, blogging (under the name ‘Gramilano’) about dance, opera, music and photography for people “who are a bit like me and like some of the things I like”. He was a regular columnist for Opera Now magazine and wrote for the BBC until transferring to Italy.
His scribblings have appeared in various publications from Woman’s Weekly to Gay Times, and he wrote the ‘Danza in Italia’ column for Dancing Times magazine.