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WILLIAM MURDOCH (1888-1942)
Australian pianist

William Murdoch was a marvelous pianist, perhaps of the best kind.  Although I have heard only a small handful of his solo recordings, each strikes me as perfect.  They are played with subtlety and will passion, with delicacy and with authority, with elegance and a sense of timing that is like the most natural breathing.  Nothing jumps out at me, nothing is missing, and a sense of supreme satisfaction is the result.


Murdoch was also an admirable chamber musician to which the examples below will attest.



Beethoven  Piano Sonata 23 in F minor, Op 57 "Appassionata"

recorded in 1927


i Allegro assai



ii Andante con moto - iii Allegro ma non troppo - Presto




Chopin  Ballade 3 in A♭ major, Op 47

recorded in 1927




Chopin  Waltz 7 in C minor, Op 64~2

recorded in 1934




Sinding  Frühlingsrauschen (1896)

recorded ca 1923




Debussy  3 Jardins sous la pluie from Estampes

recorded in 1923




Grieg  Sonata for violin and piano 2, Op 13
ii Alegretto tranquillo

recorded in 1925 with Albert Sammons, violin




Schumann  Liebesgarten
from Op.34, Four Duets for soprano and senor
Manchester Trio (William Murdoch, piano; Arthur Catterall, violin; W. H. Squire, cello)




Tchaikovsky  Piano Trio, Op 50

recorded in 1923 with Arthur Catterall, violin and W. H. Squire, cello


i Pezzo elegiaco (Moderato assai - Allegro giusto)



ii (A) Tema con variazioni: Andante con moto - (B) Variazione Finale e coda




Widor  Serenade
Manchester Trio (William Murdoch, piano; Arthur Catterall, violin; W. H. Squire, cello)










For those of you who enjoy murder mysteries, here is my first with a strong musical polemic as background

Murder in the House of the Muse

which is also available as an audiobook.



And this is the more recently published second mystery in the series:

Murder Follows the Muse



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