Nicky Losseff studied at the Menuhin School and the Royal Academy of Music. She is a senior lecturer at the University of York's Music Department. As well as maintaining a regular presence on the concert platform, she has written books and articles on topics ranging from medieval music through Victorian fiction to Bartók and Kate Bush.
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Pianthology is a collection of seven contemporary piano works by living composers, many of which were commissioned by the University of York Music Press, performed by Nicky Losseff. They are aimed at university and conservatoire level piano students, and also serve as an excellent introduction to new music for the piano for any dedicated player looking to broaden their range.
It includes Sadie Harrison's Impresa Amorosa, which takes its name from the 15th-century practice in which jousting knights and their ladies exchanged love tokens; David Lumsdaine's Six Postcard Pieces, inspired by a collection of postcards the composer had written to his friend and fellow composer Anthony Gilbert in which Lumsdaine expresses each smudge, illegible word and subject matter with musical motives and 'missing' beats and notes; Thomas Simaku's homage to Debussy, and Anthony Gilbert's sequence of miniatures depicting butterflies.
The Pianthology sheet music can be purchased from Music Room for just £12.
The recording was engineered, edited and mastered by Jez Wells. It was recorded in the Arthur Sykes Rymer Auditorium at the University of York, on a Fazioli piano, in October 2007.