The best way to describe Claviers is if you take a minute to call up your idea of the perfect French village.
Well that's exactly what Claviers has got with some added extras - it has a shopkeeper so friendly that when I ask for headache tablets, she doesn't sell any, but rushes upstairs to her home to fetch me one of hers.
Bargemon is the nearest town to Claviers, with narrow shaded streets, 12th Century town walls and owing fountains that my little girl Katie delights in dipping her hands in to.
In Claviers itself, we try la Provencal, where we all have perfectly crisp pizza followed by chocolate mousse.
Well that's exactly what Claviers has got with some added extras - it has a shopkeeper so friendly that when I ask for headache tablets, she doesn't sell any, but rushes upstairs to her home to fetch me one of hers; there's a recently opened Salon du The selling all sorts of tea and ice cream flavours in a beautiful garden and a pizza takeaway.
Bargemon is the nearest town to Claviers, with narrow shaded streets, 12th Century town walls and flowing fountains that my little girl Katie delights in dipping her hands in to.
I even took a dip in that freezing cold pool on our last evening in Claviers, although not quite by choice - more at the hands of my mischievous daughter, with a little help from her daddy.
I would like to say a few preliminary words about this: during my studies as a pianist I saw a picture from the peak period of European clavier music: Liszt at the Piano, after a painting by Joseph Danhuser.
I would therefore like to say something about clavier music, which I have never generally done before.
The development of clavier music, which is about four hundred years old, appears something like this: beginning from the harpsichord and clavichord, it develops through the Kielflugel,(1) Hammerklavier, fortepiano, and modern piano, to the synthesizer--and apparently will continue as long as people have ten fingers.
SERVICE Left, Fred Barrass in his RAF days and above, the village of Claviers
in Provence, France, where he and wife Jeanette retired.
For the historian, it provides a wider view of the seventeenth-century German clavier
There has long been a need for a guide that will do for the clavier works approximately what Peter Williams has done for the organ works.
The ground covered consists basically of the solo works that Schmieder lists for clavier or for lute/ Lautenwerk, BWV772-1000.
It takes account of Jean-Claude Zehnder on the Weimar concerto transcriptions and Eva Badura-Skoda on Bach and the pianoforte (both 1991), and even Russell Stinson's edition of Bach circle concerto transcriptions (1992), but misses recent work on the sources of the second Well-tempered clavier by Richard Jones (1991) and Yo Tomita (in process of publication), on Bach's music library by Kirsten Beisswenger (1992, though available as a Gottingen dissertation since 1990), and Robert Hill's anthology from the Andreas Bach Book and the Moller manuscript (1991).