Today is Chopin’s 204th birthday. I don’t care, but I feel obligated to post. Happy Birthday… I guess.
The Big B Disappoints
Listening to Beethoven’s Fantasia for piano, chorus and orchestra for the first time and it’s a CATASTROPHIC LET DOWN/BUMMER/ACTUALLY DECENT. This is not Beethoven, I did not sign up for this. Where is the anger/passion? Where is the brow sweat inducing piano part? And what the hell is up with this tame orchestral part? What is up with the chorus only singing for one measly movement and subpar at that? WHAT IS THIS MADNESS?
Listen to this utter disappointment and be disappointed with me.
Pièces pittoresques (1880)
(img: Alfred Sisley)
The joy of music should never be interrupted by a commercial.
Leonard Bernstein (via leadingtone)
latest addition to my Shostakovich Feelings folder
Waking up god-awfully early because I have to practice. Waking up god-awfully early because I decided it would be cute to not practice until the day of my lesson. Classic me.
Being a music major: priceless.
I think my heart just imploded. Bach made me cry. I don’t even like Bach (I think..) I just cried. At Bach. My heart.
Lusting so hard on Bach’s harpsichord concerto in d minor right now. And Glenn Gould’s performance of it. Sweet holy heaven. And his humming. And the shear perfection of the notes. The way they just be. The way they just are. My heart is crying. My mind is content. Bach, don’t stop. Don’t ever stop.
Fun fact because it’s Mendelssohn’s birthday
Did you know that if it wasn’t for our man Felix, a lot of Bach’s music could’ve been lost forever? As a young man he was presented with a copy of Bach’s St. Matthew Passion. The score “seized his imagination” and was so taken with it, that he revived the work and prepared it to be performed in full. Can you believe that such a famous and strongly spiritual work today was almost lost to the fate of time? Felix Mendelssohn, bless you, you hipster you.
For further reading, check out this essay by the Library of Congress: http://lcweb2.loc.gov/diglib/ihas/loc.natlib.ihas.200156436/default.html