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...

A Way Of Seeing

Mahlerman combines sublime music with the work of great female photographers... Around the middle of the 19th Century, Robert Schumann's wife Clara, a brilliant pianist and sometime composer, gave up writing music because 'no woman has been able to do it', which, broadly speaking was true, and has remained so to ... Read More...

The Cow-Pat School

Mahlerman celebrates a quartet of great English composers once dismissively described as the 'cow-pat school'... My default position when asked, as I am from time to time, how one 'gets into' serious music, is to suggest tuning in to Classic FM. I don't tune in myself however, as I don't like music ... Read More...

Forgotten Symphonies

This Sunday Mahlerman revives four masterful symphonies that have 'somehow slipped through the net of recognition and lie, unknown and unloved, on the coroner's slab'... If, unlike Igor Stravinsky, you accept that symphonic music is capable of 'saying something', you would probably agree that the high point of symphonic music was ... Read More...