James Rhodes’ decision to use an iPad to perform Chopin’s Prelude in e minor as an encore at the Cheltenham Music Festival last week prompted this blog post by Tom Service at The Guardian.
As far as performing the Chopin Prelude with the ‘score’ and not by memory…who cares? It was a last minute encore request. James Rhodes had just completed an amazing program including two of my all-time favorites, the Waldstein Sonata and Chopin’s f minor Fantasie – by memory, of course. And anyway, Chopin would have been fine with it.
This is just another example of bringing classical music into the 21st century, something James Rhodes is doing in a big way.