It’s Dudley Moore's mixture of humour and poignancy that inspires me
My hero is Dudley Moore. As well as being a comedian and actor, he was an incredible jazz pianist and composer. When I hear recordings of him playing, both the freedom of his performance and the obvious love of the music he’s playing resonates with me. I always find it inspiring to listen to him – he’s taken over by the music, thinking of nothing else, and that’s a wonderful state to be in on stage.
Moore was well known for parodying the styles of Beethoven and Schubert, among other composers. It’s clear he had an enormous amount of respect for the originals, and it’s his mixture of humour and poignancy that inspires me. It changed my perspective on these composers as well – so much music has humour in it, and Beethoven is made all the more moving by those moments of playfulness. Dudley Moore opened my eyes to this in a huge way.
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