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Celebrate Classical Music

August 3, 2012 at 4:39 AM

I think that everyone needs music in their lives. It's so important to the soul tohave. I love music with a passion and almost every genre (key word almost). In classical music, i am more of a romantic girl :).Classical music does something for me that regular music cannot. I can't explain what it might be, but something about hearing a full orchestra perform a piece, makes me feel and want to dance (by the way I also like dancing). There is something that moves through me that gives me nothing but joy.

There are certain pieces that I have listened to that always make me smile or if I am in a bad situation cry but even still I get an emotion from the beautiful mellifluous sound. Pieces like Bruch violin concerto (I am absolutely addicted to the recording on YouTube played by Sarah Chang. I don't know who with but she was wearing a green dress) that is absolutely powerful and filled emotion or Samuel Barber's Adagio for Strings op.11a. When I first did my research on it, it was said that when first played, no one left the theater with a dry eye. I always feel a powerful emotion when I hear that song; it has helped me through many a bad situation. One of the happier songs I adore is Stravinsky's Petrouchka. It's such a fairy like song that is so light and complex. It's a very playful song that is always a joy to listen to.

Music can be the typical like Beethoven's Symphony no.2 (which I am playing and ecstatic about) or Mozart's Eine Kline Nachtmusik (played that for my chamber music concert the viola part. I learned that song inside and out all parts) but then there are those musical wonders of more modern music or those composers who go out way out of the musical box. Ravel's La Valse was amazing to me when I first heard it. It was complex and had a sinister feel under the beautiful waltz you heard. It was about WWII and I think it expressed it perfectly. Bartók was an amazing composer and I love his Viola Concerto. That song started my deep journey through music. Ligeti is one of the most odd and amazing composers. I loved his "anti-anti opera" La Grande Macabre. Composers and musicians have such a sense of humor and I love that about the music world.

I love classical music with a passion that cannot be extinguished, which is why (even though so late) I have decided I want to major in this field. I decided this at 15, and I am prepared to work my hardest to get becoming a professional. Nothing will stop me because in my head I will always hear the beautiful blend of strings and winds and brass. Nothing will top the feeling of being in a full orchestra and pouring my heart into my violin (or viola) to help reach the ears of young and old alike. I don't think that classical music will ever go away, I just hope that it will stay around long enough for those younger me and still unborn to be able to experience. Hopefully classical music will once again be able to reach more than it does now.

Music (especially classical) is my world and I don't intend on letting it go anytime soon :).

From Laurie Niles
Posted on August 4, 2012 at 1:04 AM
Thank you for getting us started with Celebrate Classical Music, Nairobi! I happen to love 'La Valse,' too -- look at the joy in this performance, wow!:

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