Category Archives: Bach

Joie de vivre

Joie de vivre (noun): a feeling of happiness or excitement about life Major=happy; minor=sad. It’s how we usually introduce the concepts to the students. But this is too simplistic. The harmonies are only part of the picture. It’s the rhythm … Continue reading

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I’m home. We’re home.

My husband and I were welcomed as New Members at the Anglican Cathedral Church of the Redeemer this morning. I feel settled now. It’s been such a long round-about journey and finally, finally, I’m settled. My family and faith background … Continue reading

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The Secret Piano: From Mao’s Labor Camps to Bach’s Goldberg Variations

Originally posted on Ramblings:
I have been captivated, to the point of losing sleep, by The Secret Piano: From Mao’s Labor Camps to Bach’s Goldberg Variations, the autobiography of Zhu Xiao-Mei, a pianist who was born in Shanghai in 1949, the year…

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Joyous Goldbergs

A warm August morning. The foothills of southern Alberta still green, the majestic Rocky Mountains just ahead. It was a lovely, lonely stretch of highway. I was driving the car; my husband was just ahead of me cycling up the … Continue reading

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Expand your universe

“Beethoven tells you what it’s like to be Beethoven and Mozart tells you what it’s like to be human. Bach tells you what it’s like to be the universe.”   ~Douglas Adams               ________________________________________________________________ … Continue reading

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Heartrending melancholy

“At the Symphony concert, Casals played, one of the most marvelous musicians who ever lived! The sound of his cello is of heart-rending melancholy. His execution unfathomable. At times going outward from the depths, at times going inward, into the … Continue reading

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Take a line for a walk

“When performing Bach one is constantly reminded of Paul Klee’s dictum that the art of drawing is ‘taking a line for a walk’.” ~ Peter Hill _______________________________________________________________ Quote by Peter Hill, in the liner notes of his recording of Bach’s … Continue reading

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Too personal, almost naked

“I feel uncomfortable listening to Beethoven. I think he is too personal, almost naked.      Give me Bach, rather, and then more Bach.” ~Albert Einstein ______________________________________________________________ Quote from an interview with Lili Foldes via chopinsnudes. Image: Parabola Magazine Related articles The … Continue reading

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Thank you, Mr. Searchfield.

Thirty years ago I had finished my one year as a pipe organ major at the University of Calgary. Although a pianist pretty much from birth, I decided to take on this marvelous instrument – God’s instrument, some said. There … Continue reading

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Chicago Toccata and Fugue. Minus the fugue.

A cool visual accompanying the toccata from Bach’s famous Toccata and Fugue. I wish it was longer …

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A balance for soul. A balance for beauty.

“People are craving this great progress in electronics, going after computers, the Internet, etc. It’s a great progress technologically. But they must have a balance for soul, a balance for human beauty. That means art has an important role.” ~Mstislav … Continue reading

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A Top 5 List

High Fidelity is a novel by Nick Hornby about a guy named Rob who works in a record store.  It’s funny, poignant, heartbreaking, and hopeful. Rob has a penchant for making lists – of imagined conversations, ex-girlfriends, and pop music. … Continue reading

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