By Carol Montparker
Those intensely own and perceptive essays discover the author's lifestyles as a pianist - practising, appearing, instructing and writing - yet they can be the recommendations and reflections of any artist. They recount the demanding situations, rewards and joys of her studies in her selected career.
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Debussy created evocative pictures from what he called "atmospheric vibrations," and in his work, water seems to play the most significant role, as in Jardins sous la pluie, La cathédrale engloutie, and others. In Reflets dans l'eau we are transported to Monet's gardens at Giverny where the nymphéas (water lilies) pop right off the page, where a pebble tossed into the ponds causes concentric circles to ripple and swirl, where raindrops fall gently, turning into cascades and torrents of wind. It is all there in the music, and although I am highly visual, I find that the best approach to playing it is not to "copy" nature but to become infused with the feelings that nature evokes.
And when it Page 46 was there, everything was more interesting and beautiful, even people. <><><><><><><><><><><><> Quite recently, because I probed him about it, my father told me that when he was a boy he heard a violin concert and "carried on" until his parents took him to buy one. ). My mother is also somewhat musical, and with her rudimentary knowledge of the piano, she was able to give me a loving start at home until I went to a "real" teacher at age five. <><><><><><><><><><><><> I think it is very important for siblings to study different instruments so that the normal amount of sibling rivalry that exists in most families is not exacerbated.
Most of the time I spend at the piano is in preparation for a concert. It is pure work, under pressure of time, but it is not without its deep satisfactions: the sense of workmanship and problem-solving, the tangible development of technical facility, and the exploratory passage down deep through the strata of work-levels from the purely physical to the moment of striking gold at the core. If anyone were around, he or she would think I was nuts. "when something stupid happens. I haven't figured out who I'm shouting at: my hands?