Rosemary Brown (medium) : Nocturne in A flat ( inspired by Chopin, 21 June 1966 )





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Uploaded on Feb 7, 2010

This is a real curiosity. Rosemary Brown (1916-2001) was a medium who claimed to have had little musical training, but was apparently in contact with the spirits of various well-known composers who dictated music to her. Her work attracted the attention of various eminent British musicians, including Richard Rodney Bennett, John Lill and Peter Katin. Peter Katin actually recorded an album of her pieces, and several were published in (I believe) two collections, of which I have the first. This contains pieces inspired by Beethoven, Schubert, Schumann, Brahms and Liszt as well as the piece on this video - which is, to me, by far the best, and the only one that I would ever consider performing. There is an abrupt key change which does not seem very Chopinesque, but if the piece is a pastiche, it is not a bad one. I would be fascinated to see Rosemary Brown's manuscripts. You can read more on Chopin's posthumous activities and Rosemary Brown on: http://www.xs4all.nl/~wichm/chopinra.... I am inclined to believe that Rosemary Brown had some savant-like ability, but if I am wrong, then what better year than Chopin's birth bicentenary to give the YouTube premiere performance of one of his most recent works!
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