Ep. 246 – Memorizing music – from frowned upon to required! A history of memorization in classical music.

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I played a concerto this summer and used sheet music rather than playing it from memory. In this Harp Tuesday episode I talk about why. I also look at the history of memorization in classical music and how it went from something that generally wasn’t done to being the norm in many cases.

I based a lot of this video on this article by Jennifer Mishra – well worth reading!

I enjoyed this NY Time article: https://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/01/arts/music/memorizations-loosening-hold-on-concert-tradition.html

And on the flip side, an excellent article about an orchestra performing from memory: https://www.kingsplace.co.uk/magazine/features/dance-music-time/

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Ep. 234 – 3 tips for memorizing music

In this episode I talk about three techniques you can use to help to memorize music and demonstrate them in action as I attempt to memorize a piece of music called Cherry Trees at Merchiston written by Isobel Mieras (http://www.isobelmieras.co.uk/) Written originally for the 2020 virtual edition of the Edinburgh Harp Festival, it is available as part of this collection: http://www.creightonscollection.co.uk/Pages/scores/SM/SM668.htm

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