Tag Archives: Music

The luckiest person alive

“Every day, life is beautiful… Music is a dream… I felt this is the only thing that helps me have hope. A sort of religion. Music is God.” (Alice Herz-Sommer) Here’s an inspirational video about the oldest Holocaust survivor still … Continue reading

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NY Times: “Is Music the Key to Success?”

Originally posted on Arioso7's Blog (Shirley Kirsten):
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/13/opinion/sunday/is-music-the-key-to-success.html?pagewanted=all&_r=1& A good portion of this opinion piece focuses on how music study fueled high-profile careers, (by and large) outside the arts arena. The writer, Joanne Lipman, is author of Strings Attached…,…

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The sense of the beautiful

“A man should hear a little music, read a little poetry, and see a fine picture every day of his life, in order that worldly cares may not obliterate the sense of the beautiful which God has implanted in the … Continue reading

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No bad tastes

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We move within time in a kind of dance

“The way we move within time is a kind of dance. We are always keeping time within one rhythm or another. Music, of course, is exemplary. One reason we love music so much is that it’s so complete and the … Continue reading

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Chopin on Scarlatti: “He sometimes reaches even Mozart.”

“My colleagues, the piano teachers, are dissatisfied that I am teaching Scarlatti to my pupils. But I am surprised that they are so blind. In his music there are exercises in plenty for the fingers and a good deal of … Continue reading

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Music from the head

Debatable, this one is. But it does explain Rachmaninoff’s late romanticism vis à vis the impressionists and expressionists. “The new kind of music seems to create not from the heart but from the head. Its composers think rather than feel. … Continue reading

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The silence and the sound

Sadness gives depth.  Happiness gives height.  Sadness gives roots.  Happiness gives branches.  Happiness is like a tree going into the sky, and sadness is like the roots going down into the womb of the earth.  Both are needed, and the … Continue reading

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Aching. It’s good.

“If a violin string could ache, I would be that string.” ~Vladimir Nabokov _________________________________________________________ Image: via A Poet Reflects

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The Cat and the Mouse

The picture says it all. So does the music. The Cat and The Mouse by Aaron Copland. For awhile there it was the ubiquitous 20th-century piece in festivals, exams, concerts – wherever you needed that token bit of contemporary music. … Continue reading

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A Song of Our Warming Planet

A haunting musical depiction, on that most haunting of instruments – the cello, of the rise in global temperatures over the last 130 years. Unless something is done – like now – this may have to be played on the … Continue reading

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Zero to (grade) 6 in 34 (months)

Three years minus two months. From no knowledge of the keyboard to the successful completion of Grade 6. August, 2010 – a call from a mom looking for a history teacher for her 15-year-old daughter, who was working on grade … Continue reading

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