This is just to say hello and to introduce myself. Although I'm technically German I have lived in Edinburgh (Scotland) since I went to university in the early 1970s. My main instrument is the bassoon these days, which I play in various local amateur orchestras (of which there are surprisingly many, some of them pretty good), but I also play the piano, and am one of a few people who take turns accompanying hymns at my church (which has a very old, probably pre-1900, Steinway grand instead of an organ). My standard is not particularly high, but I do manage to sight-read the hymns, and play a little prelude and postlude each time too, more often than not something simple like a Haydn sonata movement which doesn't need too much preparation. My piano is an American instrument, an Everett upright from about 1955, which my parents bought when we were in Houston. I first started the piano in Hong Kong, when I was about 4 or 5. My mother taught me using the John Thompson method, but it wasn't until I was 8 or 9 that I had my first "real" teacher. We were living in Barcelona then (we moved around a lot because dad was in the diplomatic service), and when we left I think it must have been by way of a farewell present from my teacher that we came by a set of three preludes written by her father. They were far too difficult for me, I would have been only at about grade 4 standard then. Every now and then I pulled them out of the pile to try them, and each time they went straight back. Even today they're still too difficult, though I'm beginning to see light at the end of the tunnel; with a lot of work I could probably manage two of them (the other is acknowledged to be extremely difficult). I've often wondered what some of his other music might be like, the titles of which were listed on the back. Only this year did I get around to sourcing some of these pieces in the hope that they might be a little easier, and luckily some of them were within my modest ability. QUIZ: Would anyone like to guess who this Catalan composer is? Hints: His name begins with M but he isn't Mompou but is pretty well contemporary with him, and like him he was born in, died in, and spent most of his life in, Barcelona. He was much better known as a violinist than as a composer. I recently played one of his pieces at a local chamber music club and in the course of getting some background information together for my introductory talk I came across an article comparing the piece (which has the word "bird" in its title) with some of the bird music of Ravel, Mompou, and Granados, and as I had never heard of Mompou I searched around and found some of his stuff on YouTube, and that is how I found Piano Society. I'm grateful to PS for opening my eyes (or do I mean ears?) to the music of Mompou, and subsequently to that of Esplá, by both of whom I just had to get hold of some sheet music, and I will shortly be posting something about both of them.