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03 February 2010 @ 10:42 pm
When you discover you can play 7/12 pieces in Schumann's Papillons for memory after barely touching the piece in two weeks! BOO-YA! :D
 
 
"One can hear the struggle in Beethoven's compositions, in the way he wrestles with every note, with every chord. He conceived the world in a way that I find absolutely contemporary, not to say modern. We also live in a world we can barely comprehend, one in which confusion exceeds the grasp of its overriding complexities. We also desperately long to give form to this world. Beethoven showed us that working to repair the fissures and flaws in the human existence can result in beautiful music. In his search for a heaven on earth, he was always prepared to stand the world on its head."

"As questionable as Beethoven's behaviour may at times have seemed, he firmly believed that things could also be different - that they could be better. His music is marked by these assertions and disappointments, and by a nearly endless sense of hope. He articulated the ambivalence of every individual, which is why Beethoven's music affects us so directly and disconcertingly, while also seeming hopelessly optimistic."

"This piano concerto is like a wild animal for which one has incredible respect. That respect compels you to study it, and in the end this animal reveals itself as a teacher - as a teacher who challenges you to consider things for yourself. One who, through the overwhelming form with which the interpreter has to contend, forces her to reflect on her own contradictions and bring them into an individual form - forces her to transcend her own limits and toss old preconceptions overboard. Beethoven compels the artist to acquire knowledge, because in his music the emotional must be developed out of the philosophical logic. With emotion alone, one doesn't get very far."

- Hélène Grimaud, (c) Deutsche Grammophon
 
 
Current Mood: peacefulpeaceful
 
 
12 October 2009 @ 09:08 pm


Slow down you crazy child
You're so ambitious for a juvenile
But then if you're so smart tell me why
Are you still so afraid?

Where's the fire, what's the hurry about?
You better cool it off before you burn it out
You got so much to do and only
So many hours in a day

But you know that when the truth is told
That you can get what you want
Or you can just get old
You're gonna kick off before you even get halfway through
When will you realize...Vienna waits for you

Slow down you're doing fine
You can't be everything you want to be
Before your time

Although it's so romantic on the borderline tonight (tonight)
Too bad but it's the life you lead
You're so ahead of yourself
That you forgot what you need
Though you can see when you're wrong
You know you can't always see when you're right (you're right)

You got your passion you got your pride
But don't you know that only fools are satisfied?

Dream on but don't imagine they'll all come true
When will you realize
Vienna waits for you

Slow down you crazy child
Take the phone off the hook and disappear for a while
It's alright you can afford to lose a day or two
When will you realize...
Vienna waits for you.

And you know that when the truth is told
That you can get what you want
Or you can just get old
You're gonna kick off before you even get halfway through

Why don't you realize...Vienna waits for you
When will you realize...Vienna waits for you


~ "Vienna Waits" by Billy Joel
 
 
12 October 2009 @ 07:57 pm


Far far, there's this little girl
she was praying for something to happen to her
everyday she writes words and more words
just to spit out the thoughts that keep floating inside
and she's strong when the dreams come cos' they
take her, cover her, they are all over
the reality looks far now, but don't go

How can you stay outside?
there's a beautiful mess inside
how can you stay outside?
there's a beautiful mess inside
oh oh oh oh

Far far, there's this little girl
she was praying for something good to happen to her
from time to time there are colors and shapes
dazzling her eyes, tickling her hands
they invent her a new world with
oil skies and aquarelle rivers
but don't you run away already
please don't go oh oh

How can you stay outside?
there's a beautiful mess inside
how can you stay outside?
there's a beautiful mess inside
Take a deep breath and dive
there's a beautiful mess inside
how can you stay outside?
There's a beautiful mess
beautiful mess inside

Oh beautiful, beautiful

Far far there's this little girl
she was praying for something big to happen to her
every night she hears beautiful strange music
it's everywhere there's nowhere to hide
but if it fades she begs
"Oh Lord don't take it from me, don't take it"


She says, "I guess I'll have to give it birth
to give it birth
I guess, I guess I have to give it birth
I guess I have to, have to give it birth
there's a beautiful mess inside and it's everywhere

Just look at yourself now
deep inside
deeper than you ever dared
deeper than you ever dared
there's a beautiful mess inside
beautiful mess inside


~ "Far Far" by Yaël Naïm
 
 
02 October 2009 @ 09:43 pm


This is not a personal journal, but a journal to track my progress, my goals, and my dreams as a pianist. I'm currently in my fourth year at university as both a performer and a musicologist (with a focus on Beethoven), and this blog focuses on my studies herein. If you are so inclined, please feel free to comment below to be added - I'd love to meet fellow music-majors and share ideas. :)

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