About Me

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I am

and so is this page.  MANONTROPPO MUSIC is, as you will have guessed, a one-man operation– a labour of love masquerading as a (very) small business. It began as a practical necessity in the 1980s (see  PHOENIX String Quartet) and has gradually flowered into a full-blown obsession.


Charles Small has been dabbling about in This and That ever since he arrived on the scene, not long after the most recent retreat of the glaciers. He is a recovering mathematician (Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario) for whom the String Quartet in particular, and chamber music for stringed instruments with or without piano in general, are a necessary refuge– a source of solace, sanity, and some version of ultimate truth.


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