Born today : Charles Wilfred Orr

Charles Wilfred Leslie Orr, generally known as C. W. Orr (31 July 1893 – 24 February 1976), was an English composer.  His work as a composer was dominated by the composition of songs accompanied by piano; his life’s study was the expressive setting of poetry to music. He wrote more settings of A.E. Housman‘s poetry than any […]

Gerald Moore : The Unashamed Accompanist

Gerald Moore CBE (30 July 1899 – 13 March 1987) was an English classical pianist best known for his career as an accompanist for many famous musicians. Among those with whom he was closely associated were Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Victoria de los Ángeles and Pablo Casals. In 1921 Moore made his first gramophone recording, […]

R.I.P. Ivan Moravec (1930-2015)

I just heard of the passing of the great pianist Ivan Moravec.  Not only was Moravic a supreme musician, his recordings of Debussy, Chopin and Ravel are especially noteworthy, but he was also known as a perfectionist when it came to piano mechanics. Mr. Moravec, 71, is renowned for his gentle, unhurried touch in Chopin, […]