Meeting Stephen

Stephen Hough

I have not made a lot of car journeys recently.

As a result I have missed listening to Classic FM.

I was on the road this morning and was delighted to hear Christopher Lawrence chat with the pianist Stephen Hough.

The chat followed a recital of Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D minor. This was transcribed for piano by Alfred Cortot. Stephen Hough made 80 changes to this transcription, some of which corrected errors in Cortot’s version when compared to the original Bach fugue.

Listening to the conversation encouraged me to think again about the narratives we develop about performance in sport … and how we notate performance.

I was interest too to learn that Stephen blogs regularly for The Telegraph. He tweets too.

Two of Stephen’s recent blog posts caught my attention:

Fear or ecstasy? Overcoming performance anxiety (21 August)

What does the most talented piano student need most? (21 July)

There is some biographical information about Stephen here. He was a MacArthur Fellow in 2001.

This fellowship “is not a reward for past accomplishment, but rather an investment in a person’s originality, insight, and potential.”

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Stephen Hough (Frame Grab)

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