On RTHK Radio 4 on the five Monday evenings in April David Gwilt will be hosting editions of Musical Exchange, in which he will be joined by well known personalities in the musical field. The topics cover aspects of music making, from a discussion about the king of instruments (organ, piano. . ?) to one about the repertoire of music for four hands at one piano. In between come ones about the musical education of children, the language of contemporary music, and authenticity in performance. It’s always highly enjoyable to be talking with such knowledgeable people in an atmosphere like that of a friendly chat over dinner.
Guests: Chan Hing-yan & Chan Wing-wah The language of contemporary music It seems that many people who enjoy listening to all sorts of music find difficulty in relating to more recent trends. I have often suspected that this is partly because it seems to them that this kind of music is using a language which is foreign to them. Maybe some recent compositions should only be performed with some sort of subtitles explaining what’s happening as they go along. In fact I share these people’s bafflement with some pieces, seeking to find a reason why I should go on listening. Perhaps the conversation between Chan Wing-wah, Chan Hing Yan and myself could go some way towards clearing up some listener’s difficulties, or at least give them some reasons for why they find some recent music “difficult”
Guests: Ping Ting Piano Duo & HK Piano Duo Music for Piano 4 hands should be better known I am a life-long lover of the piano duet repertoire, and although opportunities for playing it with a suitable partner have not been numerous in my career I have managed, starting with my younger sister, Lucy, to cover quite a range of the available material. Amongst the great composers we have such music from Mozart, Schubert, Schumann, Brahms, Dvorak and Rachmaninov, but there is much, much more. Many pianists have told me that they would much rather play two piano music, since that gives them control over their own instrument, as they find being confined to one half of the instrument, and perhaps losing control of the pedal, too constricting. With two local piano duet groups – the HK Piano Duo and the Ping Ting Piano Duo - I hope we can enthuse more pianists about the joys of sitting at the same keyboard in music of unsurpassed beauty from the masters and others.