Posts Tagged ‘music’

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Debussy Children’ s Corner: Doctor Gradus ad Parnassum

May 21, 2011

Yay for Debussy’s Children’s Corner! 😀 Debussy made a series called ‘Children’s Corner’ for children. Well, duh!

I instantly fell in love with it the moment I heard it. That was when I was in 5th grade. Understandably, I was a ‘child’ back then. Well, still am. Anyways, so I decided to play it in my recital. That was 20o5… I think I still have the video file of me playing but I do not know where. I remember I played Chopin’s four hands ballade along with it. I miss those times 😥

What did I like so much about this piece? I recall I liked it because it was ‘cool’. It literally looked cool, too. When you actually see someone playing it, the hands cover such a wide range of keyboard from very high to very low, and left hand and right hand interlock or cross each other. Those cool staccatos that go ‘boing! boing! boing!’ and fingers moving restlessly… they all looked very, very cool. (I still think so. :P) And it was something I’ve never tried. It was so different from classy classical pieces. It was so… impressionist. It was so dreamy, and I was picturing really soft clouds.

Practicing this piece was as fun as it looked. Probably the best piece I’ve done in my life. I never got bored practicing it. It was amazing how the music was so different, yet so self-explanatory. I just got the music. It just really appealed to me the way other pieces had not.

Now looking back, I think it was the way it touched my emotions. It touched something deep within me, because Debussy had strived to convey our emotions just the way they are. And the dynamics! Just for children full of energy. The piece was just for me.

When I play or listen to it now, I remember the time I practiced it really hard after school every day and I feel a sort of longing to go back. I was so happy back then… and this music had just captured me. I don’t think I practice as hard now. 🙂 HAHA I ‘m too busy. But I often wonder if that’s only an excuse. :/

I was recently playing Clair de Lune by Debussy. It’s different from Doctor Gradus ad Parnassum in a way that it is not as exciting or dynamic. However, it has a mature beauty in it. It is so subtly beautiful! I wonder if I will ever be released by Debussy’s everlasting beauty. I shall always be enraptured as long as I live. 🙂

For my next entry, I think I am going to write on Clair de Lune. Why? Because it is equally beautiful and enthralling.:P

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Chopin Ballade No.1

February 7, 2011

Ok, back our ‘his delicacy’, Frédéric Chopin.

Listen… (I personally LOVEEEE Zimerman’s touch here. 🙂 )

Basically, I explained everything I have to say about Chopin in my previous entry, but yet again, IT IS DELICATE. One could never use too much of that term when describing Chopin.

At the start… listen to his delicate touches, and delicate notes. They are quiet, yet they have a power to touch minds. They are simple, yet they capture minds. They make you focus.

This music is soft, yet amazingly romantic. I myself am practicing this very piece at this moment, and I think of romance when I play it. The emotion of love helps to carry out the notes better.

There is also a hint of faint longing. At every turn of the music, listen… longing, the longing is hiding. The desperation of it! If you inspect the pianist’s expression, the solemn longing is in his face.

At the same time, there is mystery. The music is quite veiled, but not too much. There is the beauty of it; it stimulates wonders to the listeners, yet do not give all the answers.

You may have realized, by this point, that I have used ‘~, yet ~’ form a lot. Yes, contradictions. As irony in literature is beautiful, this contrast in music is ‘delicate’. This is really hard to craft in music; that is why it has to be carved ‘delicately’, just as Chopin.

Music is an art, just as art, dance, and literature is. It is also wonderfully scientific and mathematical. And it contains history and philosophy.

In this perspective, how is this Ballade really like?

Well, there are patterns. Repeating patterns. With different notes and feelings. He plays with them, the pieces, and does a very good job with it. Again, his ‘play’ is ‘delicate’, like building a sand castle that, by a single mistouch, will break down.

So; it is not just ‘mere music piece’. It is everything.

Imagery, for example. How many imageries does it create? A moon, a moon clouded by clouds and mists, a peaceful yet dark waves, a love, happiness, tragedy; to only name a few. And yet, philosophies and the weight of life lie upon.

Listen one more time. Keep these in mind. And do not limit it to what I’ve explained; remember, music expresses ‘everything’.

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Frédéric Chopin

January 27, 2011

This is Frédéric Chopin. What comes to your mind when you look at his portrait?

Well, first of all, definitely not ‘masculine’ or ‘well-built’. He is closer to feminine and delicate. And yes, those were his characters. Known to be quite feminine and ill very often, he was a delicacy of a man. Is that bad? No, of course not. Not at all in this case, at least. His ‘delicacy’ produced some of the most beautiful pieces in music history. Also known as ‘the poet of the piano’, his music is ‘delicacy’ itself. No other words to explain its beauty. I’ve used the word ‘delicacy’ in this paragraph 4 times, but that word describes his music and the true person that he was.

His music trickles into your soul though those delicate notes… so carefully and ‘delicately’ carved. Carved. Pieced. Written. Painted. Stroked. Just pure delicacy and beauty. Its pureness is almost astounding. And at the same time, it has traces of romance and deep passion.

It’s as seeing a pure gem with light shining through… and beautiful color spectrum visible at its edge… and you wonder and gape at its beauty.

Ok, sadly, today was just an introduction of this amazing guy. 🙂 On my next post, I will include a piece by Chopin that shows his million different charms really well.

(picture citation: http://www.pianoparadise.com/chopin.jpg)

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My Little Music Background

January 16, 2011

Ok, it seems a little bizarre that a teenager would want to write about ‘classical music’. Yes, I understand.

Nonetheless, my love of classical music is still huge. 🙂 But hey, how did I grow to love it so much?

Um, starting from my grandpa. He was trying to major in music, he was a big music enthusiast. However, his circumstances did not allow him; back then, the Korean War had begun. And then, my dad and his siblings were born. Our family was very poor at that time. My dad had loved music from his childhood and wanted to pursue his career in it. My grandparents, however, had to stop him because they could not afford it. My dad did not give up and got accepted into a prestigious music high school. Ever since he has studied music, and now he is a music professor.

In my family, the ‘music gene’ runs, as we say it. Starting from my grandpa, my dad and some of his other siblings had shown great musical talents. Now me and my cousins are third generation, and two of my cousins are already pursuing career in music. One is a singer and the other just recently got accepted in to the same high school my dad used to attend. His brother actually once considered majoring in saxophone few years ago but decided to just put it as his hobby. My other cousins also have great talents and use them in churches. And there is one baby boy who is our fourth generation (finally!) and he is a drum genius. He is only about 2 years old and has never learned how to play drums, but he ROCKS.  🙂 He has his own beats and shows amazing skills.

And I am certainly not an exception. Being my dad’s daughter, I had a lot of opportunities to encounter music since I a baby. He took me to many classical concerts (although when I was young, I used to sleep in those…. cough cough) and taught me a lot of things about music. I started learning piano ever since I was seven, and according to my teacher had a great talent. From then I had met many different teachers, and when I was in first grade, my teacher convinced me and my parents to major me in piano. Since then on I had lots of opportunities to take part in many different piano competitions and concerts. However for a little girl, the amount and burden of practices were too much to bear. Practicing for hours the same thing over and over again was not something that I wanted to do. We decided to just leave it to be my hobby.

However, then, I was just so tired of it that the very sound of the piano aggravated me. So I REALLY quit. For a year. And then I missed it too much and realized how big piano and music were to my life. Ever since then, I’ve played continually, although not necessarily professionally. 🙂

But it is perfectly alright, I mean I found another joy in it. I’ve tried many different genres of music since then but as I played more and more, realized that no other music could have the deepness of classical music. Its deepness awed me, and still does. It takes more than 10 times of work to accomplish one classical piece compared to other genres, but the one that really touches my soul is indeed classical music.

Now I love it as it is, and appreciate it the most. I am a big fan of it, although sometimes I have to admit it is a bit embarrassing to say that I am. I know people’s reactions; “Oh you like CLASSICAL MUSIC?” or “Oh wow.” or something along that line. And of course, it does not mean that I shun other genres of music. I love music overall and the other genres have their own tastes.

Yes, so this is my little journey of classical music. 🙂

To add onto it a bit more, I was able to let go of it happily and still embrace it the way it is because I found another passion in my life; math. 🙂 This is very off topic, but there are a lot of hidden relationships between those two and it is amazing how that is. These two companions have been amazing for me and will continue to be. 🙂

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Bread and Butter Waltz by Mozart :)

December 1, 2010

In relation to the previous entry…

Ohhhh….. Mozart!

Just listen. Stop reading. STOP READING AND LISTEN.

done?

Hahahaha. Pure innocence.

How could this be? Starting from the title ‘Bread and Butter’? This is the MOST ADORABLE PIECE of all classical music 🙂 Well, in my opinion it is.

Doesn’t it just pull out purity and youth from you? It has a magic; it makes you young again! (Well only the moment you are listening to it… 🙂 )

Soft piano tunes.. doesn’t it just make you imagine soft butter spreading lightly on bread? What imagery does it create for you?

Really, it is hard to say that a piece of classical music is CUTE. Ok, honestly I was going to move on to Beethoven for a while, but I COULD NOT skip without presenting this adorable cute music that reveals Mozart so well.

When listening to Mozart, it is very hard to believe that he was such a nuisance… maybe he was just too childish for his age, even in adulthood. His music makes me imagine him as an innocent, playful man.

I honestly do not know if this is true, but I heard somewhere that he composed this one when he was three. Well, if he really did, I’m not surprised. I mean, it’s Mozart. DUH. 🙂 He could play violin and piano with his eyes covered and he could play piano backwards. Yes, I am very thankful that this music genius was ever born on this earth and presented us with wonderful music.

Ok, so back to my purpose… I WILL write about Beethoven on my next entry. 🙂 He is a fun guy to explore, so be ready!!

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About Me and My Awesome Blog :)

October 18, 2010

Hello everyone!! 🙂

I’m very looking forward to starting a new blog and seeing all you guys’ awesome blogs. Last year, my blog was about Christianity, and trust me, I had a lot of fun with it. Honestly, some people thought that was a boring topic to write about. (Laugh. Out. Loud.)  This year, I am starting off with a fresh topic that could bore you again: classic music. Haha yes I know I’m boring. But just wait and see 🙂

I’ve seen a lot of people, actually most of the people, thinking that classic music is plain BORING. For me, classic music has always been an important part of my life, and my FAVORITE kind of music. Yes, it is sometimes too long and quiet, I will have to admit that I sometimes fall asleep too. However, if you REALLY feel it, if you REALLY understand it deeply with your heart, you will be able to see the joy that it brings you. Having sympathy for those of you who haven’t felt that joy yet, I really want to show you and explain how magical it could be to your life. 🙂 I will prove to you that classic music is indeed not boring, but fun and breathtaking.

Now, I am ready to “convert” you into desperate followers of classic music. 😉 Follow me through this amazing journey.

Thanks!! ❤ ❤