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When a piano sound “glows”. 2-18-17

February 18, 2017

THE GLOW OF SOUND.

There is a sheen that glows on the ‘surface’ of notes when the pianist produces her most beautiful sound.  It is as if one added something special that does not normally reside in the sound of the piano.  How one gets to it is a bit of a mystery.  Not through the regular sound of the piano.  It is brought into that sound from a mysterious place.  One must confidently expect it to be there, and then be amazed when one hears it.  It is reminiscent of Shakespeare in the last act of the “Merchant of Venice”.  In the passage that begins “How sweet the moonlight sits upon this bank.”  I am thinking of the lines that describe the way the stars shine: “the floor of heaven is thick inlaid with patines {patinga} of bright gold.”

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MY LEAST FAVORITE BRAHMS SYMPHONY – AT LEAST UNTIL TONIGHT

February 18, 2017

At last, I’ve heard a decent performance of Brahms’ Second Symphony.

I am a Brahms junkie.  I live and breathe Brahms.  The air he breathes is the air I breathe. His emotions are my emotions (I felt for the first time more new emotions by listening to Brahms than from real life).  His sense of structure is mine.  What others used to take for muddiness I take for supreme aesthetic logic.

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IMAGINATION AND THE PRINCIPLE OF SPRINGS

February 17, 2017

previously:

Part one:   IMAGINATION AND THE PHYSICAL PLAYING MECHANISM.    Feb. 15, 2017

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CHOPIN: SECOND SCHERZO. ALBENIZ: EVOCACION

February 16, 2017

Lesson with “B.A” on Thursday, Feb 16, 2017, 12:30 – 1:30

Sumary of the things we did at the lesson:

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Springs and Ideated Motions: Part Two: Springs

February 16, 2017

Part one:   IMAGINATION AND THE PHYSICAL PLAYING MECHANISM.  2/15/17

Part two:   SPRINGS: STORING UP POWER FOR SUDDEN RELEASE .  2/16/17

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