The Other Peter the Great

  Music snobs used to look down on the supreme melodist Tchaikovsky. More fool them, says Mahlerman... More than fifty years ago, when I stopped keeping spit in a bottle and began to find pictures of native African girls in National Geographic arousing, I also became aware in my fevered wanderings that the ... Read More...

Built from the loam

Is it possible to capture the essence of a place in a piece of music? Mahlerman examines some composers who tried... In the early years of the 19th Century (certainly not before) the idea that the essence of a region or country, the weight of its social institutions and its most ... Read More...

Four Quartets

This week Mahlerman turns his attention to the Late Quartets of Beethoven - music so great that even T S Eliot would struggle to put it into words... "I should like to get something of that into verse before I die." This is how TS Eliot, in a letter to his friend ... Read More...

Late Bloomers

Not all of the great composers were child geniuses or teenage whizzkids. This week, Mahlerman looks at some who found their true voice later in life... I have always felt that the Octet in E flat major by Felix Mendelssohn is as close to a musical miracle as we are ever likely ... Read More...

Great Britten

Returning to the new-look Dabbler, Mahlerman turns his attention to Benjamin Britten and shares his personal attachment to the greatest English composer since Purcell... Had he not lived in Restoration England, where fully-composed opera was not yet accepted, there is little doubt that Henry Purcell would have developed into the great ... Read More...

After Bach

This week Mahlerman selects works by four composers who were direcly influenced by the greatest of them all, J S Bach... Without the famous horsehair wig, and looking more like a Soho bouncer than perhaps the greatest composer who ever lived, we can better appreciate the personality of J S Bach, ... Read More...