June 13, 2020

What is classical music to you?

Today’s journal entry will be quite different because I won’t be talking about the day I had (‘twas a good one tho!). Instead, I’ll be answering 2 questions asked by pianist/youtuber, Tiffany Poon (she’s just awesome). I’ll also be talking about what I’ve generally been feeling these past few days. So first, the questions:

  1. ”What was the first time you experienced classical music?”
  2. “What is classical music to you? What does it mean to you?”

  1. I first experienced classical music when for my first recital, my teacher picked out the Overture to William Tell (not the hard one of course!). Though, now I kind of want to learn Liszt’s transcription. :P
  2. Playing classical music is my way of enriching not only my life, but the lives of others as well. If I let my soul, my ears, & my imagination lead the way, my fingers will come right along, and I will have made life wealthier, even for just a few minutes.

I’m currently learning Un Sospiro by Liszt, and I’ve been trying to get those broken octaves up to speed (constantly switching from left to right, left to right...), but it’s been so frustrating. However, what’s been even more frustrating is seeing no one on Youtube (at least from what I’ve seen) performing them the way they were written! I’m starting to question that if even professional pianists are not performing them the way they were written, is it even humanly possible??

Un Sospiro is Italian for “A sigh”, and I guess it’s what I’ve been feeling for the past 2 weeks. I sigh because of both the amount of progress I’ve made and also how little progress I’ve made learning this piece. I’ve already memorized up until cadenza 1, but I still haven’t mastered those broken octaves? I sigh, again, because of how utterly crap the year has been. And I sigh, one last time, but now, in a more positive light as I remember Tiffany’s motto, “Be kind and keep striving!”.

Written by Quarter

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