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.
VIDEO PODCAST: John Dante Prevedini leads a discussion about Youth Involvement in Classical Music - this specially extended illustrated feature includes contributions from Christopher Morley, Gerald Fenech, Halida Dinova, Patricia Spencer and Roderic Dunnett.
The much-recorded German pianist Rudolf Kehrer was born at Tiflis in Georgia on 10 July 1923 into a family of piano manufacturers who had emigrated from Swabia in Germany, and his talent as a pianist was recognised early.
After winning the 1961 All-Union Contest in Moscow, he played and recorded during the period 1961 to 2001 - more than two thousand concerts in over 330 cities, including Alsfeld, Berlin, Busch, Cologne, Eggenberg, Eisenach, Jena, Kyiv, Meppen, Montabaur, Moscow, Munich, Overath, Prague, Remagen, Szeged, Tokyo and Weimar. There's an extensive collection of these recordings at the Rudolf Kehrer Archive in Overath.
Kehrer, whose most recent home was in Zürich, died on 29 October 2013, aged ninety.