Monthly Archives: October 2012

A contented dazzlement of surprise

Statistically, the probability of any one of us being here is so small that you’d think the mere fact of existing would keep us all in a contented dazzlement of surprise. Lewis Thomas, (1913–1993) “On Probability and Possibility” via blindmen6 Image: Wanderlust … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Practice*

A few thoughts on practicing from an article in the Wall Street Journal – an article that applies practice as musicians and athletes know it to other areas. Italicized comments are my own thoughts. “Practice lets us execute a task … Continue reading

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I saw the serpent that is eating your heart.

I bear no grudge, even though my heart may break, eternally lost love! I bear no grudge. However you may shine in the splendor of your diamonds, no ray of light falls in the darkness of your heart. I have … Continue reading

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Tips for First-Year Teachers

A piano teacher asked the following question on the Alberta Piano Teachers’ Association facebook page. “I’m a first year teacher. What would be your one piece of advice? I absolutely love it and can’t image not teaching now that I’ve … Continue reading

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Music is only a mystery

“Music is only a mystery to people who want it explained. Music and love are the same.” ~ Simon Van Booy (via arpeggia) Image: Edward Hopper, Room in New York, 1932 via madame scherzo

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Chopin:70 Mozart:5

75 minutes on the Horowitz Steinway. The actual piano that Vladimir Horowitz owned and toured with. Not 30 minutes, like I was expecting. My insistence on being early pays off sometimes – there was no one there before me so … Continue reading

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A rich feast

The Honens International Piano Competition is wrapping up tonight. Yesterday morning I heard 3 of the 5 finalists rehearse their concerti with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra. We were treated to the Rachmaninoff 2nd, the Tchaikovsky B-flat, and the Brahms D … Continue reading

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The stratospheric note

I learned a new word this week. Apogee: n. 1 the point in a celestial body’s orbit where it is furthest from the earth. 2 the most distant or highest point. apogean adj… away from earth. (Oxford) “…she had herself learned … Continue reading

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The Aquarium

It’s Performance Class week. It’s almost too easy for me by now – I almost feel guilty for how little I’m actually working this week. But these classes are so valuable. Last night one class was with the 9- and … Continue reading

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The real thing

Certain things are perfect the way they are. The sky, the Pacific Ocean, procreation and the Goldberg Variations all fit this bill, and so do books. (~Joe Queenan).  My blogger friend David Kanigan continues to post an assortment of awesomeness … Continue reading

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Interesting comment

Every so often I glance through the comments that have rightfully gone straight to the Spam box. Every so often a legitimate comment ends up there. Mostly, though, it is spam – viruses, I’m sure, and ads for all sorts … Continue reading

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A spooky sound

Just in time for Hallowe’en-ish music – or any other music that could be conceived of as spooky – here’s a tip from Elissa Milne’s P Plate Piano beginner books via David McKay. Depress the bottom few keys without sounding … Continue reading

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