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    Brandenburg 3, arr. for Organ, Richard Spencer, 1st section, 14.1.13 copy

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Competing or Consorting?

Started this discussion. Last reply by H. S. Teoh Jun 6, 2015. 4 Replies

In The Bluffers Guide to Music, it is stated that pianists exist to play piano concertos. This may or may not be quite true, but it is worth exploring the origins of the word ‘concerto’. We find it…Continue

Tags: Brahms, Bach, Vivaldi, Concerto


Started this discussion. Last reply by Spiros Makris May 19, 2015. 1 Reply

So many of us forget that the piano is played by the feet as well as the hands. How many of us have not noticed we’ve spoilt our playing by resting the foot on the pedal like a lazy driver ‘riding…Continue


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What have you composed for? Or what medium do you work around?
Choir, Orchestra, Small Ensemble, Big Ensemble, Songs
What is your favorite genre or style of music?
Is music your main income source?
Where do you live?
Aylsham, Norfolk
About Me (Must include at least one paragraph of biographical information about you as a composer) - blank or minimal answers on this line will cause your request to be rejected. Include a link to your website if you have one.
RICHARD SPENCER studied piano and organ at the Royal Academy of Music, London, winning the Principal’s Prize for piano playing. His teachers included Vivian Langrish (piano) and Gillian Weir (organ). He has performed in masterclasses under Vlado Perlemuter, Harald Vogel and Peter Williams.
Richard studied at Trinity College, Cambridge, and has had a considerable career as a lecturer, including the University of East Anglia, the Workers' Educational Association, the Cambridge Board of Continuing Education and A.C.E. Study Tours.

Among the first things I transcribed were two well-known popular pieces, Harry Lime, and The Yellow Rose of Texas. These were just so I could play them on occasions when classics by Beethoven and Chopin were not what was wanted. Having found student exercises in orchestration a bit of a waste of time, I now thoroughly enjoy finding new colours for things. So I started by picking on anything at all I enjoyed. Schubert is one of my favourite composers, and the immediate thought is to transcribe one or two of his songs. However, Liszt and others have already done this rather well! So I tried one of his choruses for men’s voices - probably the best known of a neglected collection, Der Gondelfahrer (The Venetian Gondolier). After that, it was back to something more jazzy, Handful of Keys, Fats Waller’s favourite piece.
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At 11:12am on October 31, 2014, Gav Brown said…

Thank you Richard!

At 9:48am on October 29, 2014, Gav Brown said…

Welcome Richard!


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