Denis Matthews in Royal Grammar School, Worcester - 1932

from In Pursuit of Music, pages 27-28:

The reverse had happened to me during the first of my ill-fated lessons with Sir Ivor Atkins at Worcester. Hoping to be given a Beethoven sonata to study – I had ‘learnt’ the Appassionata on a neighbour’s pianola – my face must have fallen when he offered me Bach’s Two-part Inventions. He noticed this, turned me off the piano, played, sang, gesticulated, dissected and explained.

I succumbed quickly as the seemingly dry notes leapt into life, for although this most modest sample of Bach might be dismissed as a mere exercise it …   more >>

cite as

Denis Matthews, In Pursuit of Music (London, 1966), p. 27-28. accessed: 25 April, 2024

location of experience: Royal Grammar School, Worcester


Denis Matthews
Broadcaster, Musicologist, Pianist

Listening to

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Two-part Invention in C major, BWV772
written by Johann Sebastian Bach
performed by Ivor Algernon Atkins

Experience Information

Date/Time 1932
Medium live
Listening Environment in private, indoors, solitary

Originally submitted by lcc5 on Thu, 20 Oct 2016 22:16:20 +0100
Approved on Tue, 16 May 2017 11:22:11 +0100