Sunday, 22 February 2015

The Poems: Piano Lesson

Title: Piano Lesson.Poems & Tales in Scots & English by Sheena Blackhall.Published by Lochlands, Maud, Aberdeenshire.Printed by Thistle Reprographics, 55 Holburn Street Aberdeen. Cover: The frontispiece of Andrea Antico’s Frottole intabulate da sonare organi libro primo (1517) features a woodcut of a player at a harpsichord, a singer holding a score, and a monkey holding a lute Cost: £3.00. Copyright: S. Blackhall February 2015. Acknowledgements; Meditation on a Year Gone by will appear in the Anthology ‘A Year Gone by’ pub Forward Poetry April 2015 . The Scots owersetts of Korean poems will appear in the magazine Southlight . Some of the owersetts in Scots of pieces by Baudelaire will be published in Scottish Spleen. Other poems are online at Eiks an Eyns: the Lallans website. The poem Flodden has been accepted for a forthcoming Lallans issue. The Page was written for an upcoming Aberdeen City Anthology, inspired by the #Write City project. Thanks are also due to the ongoing support and encouragement of Les Wheeler, in agreeing to publish this collection. My late brother, Ian Middleton, was an accomplished church organist and clavichord player, and frequently gave recitals in São Paulo, Brazil, where he settled and died. He enjoyed his piano lessons rather more than I did. He suffered from Perthes Hip joint disease as a child and spent a year strapped to his bed to stretch the affected limb. Doctors at that time advised against strong physical activities for sufferers. He bought and exported a clavichord to Brazil, where he performed mainly Baroque and Classical music.