Musical Pointers

This new release has given me particular pleasure, and the music is accessible for (fairly advanced) non-professional pianists. The Preludes are ‘meditations or improvisations on some aspect of a melody which may only appear in full once in the whole piece’ (John Purser). I have received from the Scottish Music Centre a manuscript copy (in the composer’s own hand?) of some of them and have verified my impression that they are very pianistic, the figurations lie comfortably under the hands, and they are rewarding to study and play. Likewise the attractive 31 short Airs, which should not be played straight through.

Documentation and commentary by John Purser is impressive, and this series deserves wide dissemination.

—Peter Grahame Woolf