Susan Tomes

The Piano: A History in 100 Pieces

Wigtown Parish Church
Sat 1 Oct
13:30 UK

What would the history of music look like without the piano? An astonishingly versatile instrument, it allows just two hands to play music of great complexity and subtlety. For more than two hundred years, it has brought solo and collaborative music into homes and concert halls and has inspired composers in every musical genre — from classical to jazz and light music.

Susan Tomes is the perfect guide to the history of her chosen instrument. She tells the story of the piano by examining 100 compositions; solo works, chamber music, concertos and jazz, from Bach to Arvo Pärt, Beethoven to Gershwin. She also speaks up for neglected female composers and pianists including Fanny Mendelssohn, Clara Schumann and Amy Beach. Now she brings her wealth of musical knowledge to Wigtown as we celebrate some of the greatest music ever composed and the instrument that gave it to us.

About the author

Susan Tomes grew up in Edinburgh and became the first woman to take a degree in music at King’s College, Cambridge. She has played both as a solo artist and with ensembles Domus, the Gaudier Ensemble, and the Florestan Trio and has recorded more than 50 albums. She has written six books, of which The Piano: A History in 100 Pieces, is the latest.

Copies of Susan Tomes's book The Piano: A History in 100 Pieces are available here.