I first heard Shostakovich’s Symphony No.5 on the evening of the 21st of February, 2012, I’ve loved it since.
When she was young she had learned to caress the phrases of Chopin with their sinuous and excessively long necks, so free, so flexible, so tactile, which begin by seeking out and exploring a place for themselves far outside and away from the direction in which they started, far beyond the point which one might have expected them to reach, and which frolic in their fantasy distance only to come back more deliberately — with a more premeditated return, with more precision, as though upon a crystal glass that resonates until you cry out — to strike you in the heart.
Marcel Proust. Swann’s Way. Trans. Lydia Davis. New York: Penguin, 2002. p. 344.
Chopin’s phrases are not unlike the extenuated phrases that Proust himself often utilizes.(via emmadelosnardos)
Lutoslawski: Paganini Variations, for 2 Pianos
performed by Martha Argerich and Nelson Freire
learning this now with my juilliard friend… most epic piece ever
If someone tells you to listen to a song, listen to it. It may be the worst song you have ever heard but they wanted to share it with you. That is really special. If it makes them feel a certain way and they are so adamant about you hearing it, take 5 minutes to hear it. It shows a lot about someone.
even if it’s classical music and you think you’re going to fall asleep.
Even if it’s four and a half hours long an- wait, Wagner, stop, what are you doing?
Good morning to Callum and welcome!
Keyboards for professional pianists?
Does anyone know of, or recommend, a keyboard for the use of a professional pianist.
When I start at the conservatoire in September I’d like to have a keyboard in my halls of residence so that I can practise basic things when away from the campus. I’d also need it to travel when I visit my father in the holidays!
Full size, weighted keys, able to travel, somewhat decent sound (although that’s not the main priority)
Any help would be appreciated!