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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.”

🙂 how do others feel about this?

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