'As always, it was sheer pleasure to observe Robin Hill's remarkable fluent technique: everything looks easy when he plays it.' Colin Cooper- Classical Guitar Magazine ----- 'Wonderful for their (Hill & Wiltschinsky) precision, touch and clarity of sound... refined virtuosity, the achievement of a long interpretive process.' Il Giornale D'Italia (Rome) ----- 'I loved your CD and thought your technique and performance were fabulous...' Rick Wakeman

Thursday, February 01, 2007

Arrangements and Not Venice

Today Robin has been working on some new arrangements. It is an essential part of any musicians life to constantly plan ahead and gradually introduce new pieces to a programme.
We once worked out that Robin could play for about 5 hours without repeating a piece and that was just his solo repertoire!
But it is all about balance and selecting the pieces for a programme with care to give maximum enjoyment to the audience.
Consequently Robin is always on the lookout for new pieces, often arranged from other instruments such as the piano, or his own compositions, to keep things fresh.
At one point this afternoon, whilst taking a break, he was surfing the internet.
There was a shriek of delight followed by, 'You must come and see this, it's beautiful'.
I dropped what I was doing, with thoughts of a short break in Venice, I'd just got to the part where we were sipping coffee on the banks of the Grand Canal having just left the Piazzo San Marco, when I arrived at the music room.
Robin was beaming, 'Aren't they fantastic?', well, yes, they were nice, but they were also tuners. You know, the bit on the head of the guitar used for - tuning.
Sometimes it's hard being a musicians wife...

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