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So over the weekend I bought a book of classical selections for piano, and I’ve been looking through it and picking which ones seem good for me. Op. 49, No. 2 by Beethoven seemed pretty good, just challenging enough for me to learn something and to grow.

In order to learn a new song like this, here’s what I do:

-Listen to the piece a good number of times. I do this because I learn best by ear, and this way I know how it’s supposed to sound and I’ve familiarized myself with the piece.

-Study the music AWAY from the piano. Write in helpful notes for yourself, even write in note names if you want. (Even now I still struggle with bass clef and writing in note names makes it go quicker and it helps me learn how to read them better).

-There’s am excellent warm up by Hanon that I’m gonna show you the next time I get the chance that really works your hand muscles, it helps with playing faster and positioning my wrists.

Those are my three things that I do. Also a bonus:

-Learn every piece you try MEASURE BY MEASURE. Get one measure down then go onto the next and keep progressing like that. It’s the best thing I was ever told. Never try to do it all at once.

Later on I’ll see how this sounds on the keys🧸🎶☺️🌻

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Ok, I know I’m too late to the party, but this dude, obviously Beethoven, is fucking Genius. The Ode to Joy, OMG, just read to original poem “An die Freude”, and play the, instrumental obviously, Symphony No.9 Op.125 “Choral” in the background and follow the way he guided the original poem of Friedrich Schiller, with his music and the parts where he used some sort of markers(subtle changes in instruments, the length of breaks from chorus, difference in the same parts of chorus and instrumental versions of the same etc.) the music asks you to jump back and forward with those distinct instruments, and with 0 experience you know where to go in a language you speak very little. Super easy to follow it all. We all basically know it that’s for sure like it has been there in memory somewhere for years but never thought of its interaction with the poem he made it in a way while he is deaf that they fit each other amazingly. Fucking genius. I’m loving the one from Zagreb and Oslo Philharmonic at the moment. 

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𝐌𝐮𝐬𝐢𝐜 𝐢𝐬 𝐧𝐨𝐭 𝐭𝐨 𝐇𝐄𝐀𝐑, 𝐢𝐬 𝐭𝐨 𝐅𝐄𝐄𝐋!!!
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CSA - Ludwig van Beethoven - Piano Concerto No 5 performed by Claudio Arrau

Chilean pianist Claudio Arrau performs Ludwig van Beethoven’s Concerto No. 5 for piano and orchestra (in E flat major - Op.73), in a free concert held at the Metropolitan Cathedral of Santiago de Chile. 

With Victor Tevah conducting the Symphony Orchestra of the University of Chile.

This presentation was made in front of an audience of 5,000 people gathered inside the cathedral and another 6,000 people listening through special speakers installed outside the temple in the rain.

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These words are found in Bernstein’s ending soliloquy of his Harvard lectures. He’s referring to a mid-20th century crisis in music where the avant-garde seemingly got boring and had to “rescue” itself. I’m referring to this time, this moment, right now. 

One thing that has unsurprisingly come out of walking every day is I’m starting to feel better. Gee, who would have thought that if you walk 4.5 miles every day, you’ll start feeling better? Just unfathomable, huh? 

But I haven’t been writing. I don’t think I have writer’s block or any lacking inspiration. I think what’s happened is my body isn’t in a continual state of panic. I’m having angry or introverted moments here and there, but overall, it’s mostly been nothing. Neither bad nor good. Just nothing. Not hurting, not aching, not living in a state of existential dread. Nothing. 

That’s not to say I don’t live in a state of existential dread. It’s just to say it’s slowly being replaced with nothing. While this isn’t the improvement I seek as an end, I recognize it as a major milestone along the way. Then again, blipping out of existence, into nothingness could be something to look forward to. 

I had originally intended to end Bernstein’s Harvard Lectures by going back and listening to all of the pieces he references, in addition to the ones he focuses on. I still intend that, but I think I’m going to go for a much larger survey of the orchestral world by diving into his Young People Concerts series. These were broadcast on tv for about 15 years while he led the NY Philharmonic. It’ll be much broader and will function as the ultimate music appreciation class. I never did take music appreciation in college. After watching the first one yesterday on YouTube, I made a playlist of the pieces he talks about over the course of the hour. That playlist is almost 4.5 hours. So I can watch an episode at the beginning of a week, create a playlist, and then listen on my morning walks. 

Today I listened to Strass’ “Don Quixote” which I didn’t like and Beethoven’s Sixth Symphony again. I think next time the 6th comes up I’ll skip to the next one. I’ve listened to it 4 or 5 times now. That’s not to say it’s not great, I just want to hear other things. Even if I didn’t like Don Quixote, at least it was different. 

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the fool: whats the dumbest thing you’ve ever done?

Believed dumbass people when they told me that no one would ever want to be with a “girl like you”, ie one who put her college education before marriage and didn’t allow men to condescend to her. It’s taken me a long time to realize that I am worthy of love and respect, and that romance is something worth having in my life, rather than something to fear and loath. 

the magician: if you could have a magical power, what would it be?

the power to heal all things, both the human world and the natural world. 

the hanged man: what unpleasant situation have you gotten yourself into?  

Too many to name! I’m a fighter; I don’t take bullying or abuse sitting down, which tends to make it even more vicious than it might have been otherwise. But to pinpoint only one, I returned to the States from Germany at the start of Orange 45′s administration, which has been deeply awful in every way. 

the world: if you could travel anywhere at any point in history, where would you go?

I would go to the 1814 premier of Beethoven’s Fidelio, because I love and adore it (I did my MA thesis on it). If I got a lucky second trip, I’d go to the 1822 premier of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. I’d be easy to spot at both: the woman in glasses sobbing quietly in the back row!

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Clair de lune, moonlight sonata ~ 🌙🎵

J'ai fermé les yeux, bercée par cette mélodie de Debussy. Peut-on seulement résister à l'appel à la rêverie de ces quelques notes…? Et je suis partie… Je suis partie en voyage sur une petite route de campagne la nuit tombée. Les étoiles pour lampadaires, les ombres dansantes de la forêt, le souffle frais s'engouffrant dans les feuillages. Ma jupe qui se plaque, mes bottes qui font clac. J'ai tout oublié… J'ai marché, marché, encore et encore, paumée dans ma liberté nouvelle, mon envie d'exploser, d'étaler là toute l'effluve de ma sensibilité. Hurler puis rire à en pleurer, courir, respirer à plein poumons. Quitter la route pour le champ et y tomber. Je me serai arrêtée là, dans l'herbe fraîche, sur un air de Beethoven. J'aurai souri au ciel, à Dieu et sa magnifique création. À l'Artiste qui en a inspiré des millions. À celui qui m'a connue avant le commencement. Qui m'a sculptée et peinte d'une voix. À celui qui a voulu que je sois là. À celui qui m'a tout donné et mis sa faveur sur moi. À celui à qui je dois tout et à qui je donne peu. Je t'aurai souri Seigneur, j'aurai pleuré en te disant merci. Merci pour tout ça. Merci de tout ce que tu m'as épargné. Merci pour le cocon dans lequel tu m'as bercée. Merci pour cette haute sensibilité qui a fait ma beauté. Merci pour ce 6ème sens, pour le discernement. Merci pour l'éternité…

Toutes les belles choses de ce monde vous donne le goût de l'éternité. Du temps qui s'arrête. De l'infini du moment. Et je sais que toi ça tu l'aurais compris. Tu l'aurais vécu avec moi. Tu n'aurais peut-être pas remercier Dieu mais seulement la vie, le ciel, la galaxie, que t'importe. Mais tu l'aurais caché dans ton immense sourire : cette espérance d'un quelque chose de plus grand que nous. Qui nous relierait ici et maintenant, et après. Sous ce ciel immense ma main dans la tienne, j'aurais touché du bout du cœur ce qu'offre le monde d'après, tu sais le Paradis… 🌍.


Originally posted by smozs

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This is it. This is my aesthetic:

“𝑮𝒍𝒊𝒕𝒄𝒉𝒆𝒅 𝒑𝒉𝒐𝒕𝒐 𝒐𝒇 𝒂 𝒔𝒕𝒂𝒕𝒖𝒆 𝒐𝒇 𝑩𝒆𝒆𝒕𝒉𝒐𝒗𝒆𝒏 𝒘𝒉𝒆𝒏 𝒖𝒑𝒍𝒐𝒂𝒅𝒆𝒅 𝒕𝒐 𝑻𝒖𝒎𝒃𝒍𝒓”

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𝔹𝕣𝕦𝕟𝕤𝕫𝕧𝕚𝕜 ℙ𝕒𝕝𝕒𝕔𝕖, 𝕄𝕒𝕣𝕥𝕠𝕟𝕧á𝕤á𝕣, ℍ𝕦𝕟𝕘𝕒𝕣𝕪

Martonvásár is the 11th largest town in Fejér county, Hungary. It’s a popular tourist destination in Hungary because of the Brunszvik Palace where Ludwig van Beethoven stayed and wrote “Für Elise”. There is also a museum for Beethoven. The town is also famous for its English garden.

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