Celebrate Classical Music: As you celebrate spinach!
August 30, 2012 at 6:13 PMFor quite a long time, I felt about classical music as I felt about vegetables: it was as tasteless, dull and mandatory as a portion of spinach or chard or cauliflower, nothing I could get rid off, something I have to eat for the sake of my playing. Even when my little brother listened to Vivaldi, Chopin or Tchaikovsky, I wondered: "How he can keep on listening that for hours?? This music says nothing to me, it has no words to paint a feeling or an image..." Oh, yes, for sure, the sound was nice, wonderful, but I quickly get bored of it. There were no colours, no taste.
Unluckily and luckily, my childhood and my teens didn't last forever. And good guess, I made peace with classical music, as I made peace with carrots, aubergines and endives. The memory is as clear as the memory of a first kiss, I can exactly point when my reconciliation with classical music started. Middle of a dark winter, alone in a foreign city in England, I had moved there for work. I was just looking for something to do in my rental apartment, when I found a CD of Sibelius. Well, not the most classic of all the classical music, so I gave it a try. And wonder of wonders... Finland stuck me. Without never being there, I could see it, smell it, touch it, I was sailing the fjords. It was gorgeous, moving, huge!
Although now I am really keen on listening to others playing classical music, I still don't enjoy playing it myself all the time. It's demanding, hard, difficult. But it's healthy for me... and I feel it when I am improvising with my friends, making up new things... my music is richer, better, violin sings!
As vegetables, it is a love & hate relationship! :)
From Anne-Marie ProulxWhat a wonderful and true blog!!!
Posted on August 31, 2012 at 6:27 PM
I would also add that while my mom cooks her veggies a certain way, the mom across the street might do it another way...
It not only depends on the talent of the composer to compose beautiful music but also on the player's talent to make it beautiful.
Personally, when I found out my few top 5-6 violin idols, I found it 1000 times better to listen to :)
As for playing music ourselves, might as well find a coocking teacher who cooks veggies the way you like them and it will be a fantastic journey!
Have a nice day, I loved your blog!
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