The late Patric Standford may have written these short pieces deliberately to provoke our feedback. If so, his success is reflected in the rich range of readers' comments appearing at the foot of most of the pages.
RECENT: Defining Our Field - what is 'classical music' to us, why are we involved and what can we learn from our differences? Read John Dante Prevedini's essay, watch the panel discussion and make your own comments.
German pianist Alfons Kontarsky was born in Iserlohn on 9 October 1932.
He was an instructor at the Darmstadt International Summer Courses for New Music, and a member of the Bavarian Academy of Fine Arts and the Deutscher Musicrat. He was also a professor of music in Cologne, Munich and Salzburg.
He is best known for his performances with his elder brother Aloys Kontarsky as duo-pianists the Kontarskys.
In 1999 he was awarded the Austrian Cross of Honour for Science and Art, first class.
Alfons Kontarsky died on 5 May 2010, aged seventy-seven.