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Steve Arloff is now beyond his 70th birthday and was born in Blackpool. With a Russian born father and English mother he came under interesting musical influences and has been listening to classical music all his life. Regrettably he never learned to play an instrument though his mother owned a Steinway at home and had a former school pupil of hers (Gordon Langford the great light music composer and arranger) try to teach him to play but Steve aged 10 was too lazy saying that he wanted to play like Beethoven but without practising to which Gordon wisely replied "So do we all Stephen, so do we all!" A former teacher of French then buyer of industrial spare parts for an import/export company that sold them to Eastern Europe, where he has both lived and worked, Steve loves all music from Hildegard of Bingen to Arvo Part. He has particular favourite composers such as Shostakovich and Martinu and despite all his searching for new musical experiences he is always drawn back to Beethoven who he considers the ultimate musician. He is thrilled to come upon composers who are "new" to him and this year considers himself particularly fortunate to have discovered more works by Miecyzslaw Weinberg, Alexander Tcherepnin and Hans Gal, all thanks to MusicWeb. Reviewing for them is one of the things that keep him sane in our mad world and makes sure his brain does not become totally ossified. Steve tries to travel as much as finances allow spending 5 weeks each winter on the Costa del Sol and, with his motor home, visits other parts of Europe each year too so during this time he doesn't review which he then misses a lot.


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