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Sunday, 17 February 2013

Tunes On My Playlist: Für Elise (L. van Beethoven, 1810)

Much as I love certain types of contemporary music, there are days when only the pure notes of the classics will do.
I started taking piano lessons at the age of seven and stopped, very abruptly, at twenty-one. Since that day, the times that I have sat at my piano have been few and far between. Music has always been an important part of my life. But, looking back, I now realise that I am one of those people who are moved my music from without. But there is no music inside of me. I have never felt that burning urge to create music.  Maybe my heart was too full of words to have space for musical notes. I would rather spend any free time that I had with my nose in a book or scribbling little stories on dog-eared notebooks.
But that does not mean that I can live without music. So, as the weekend here draws to a close, I wanted to share one of the pieces that I most enjoyed playing by one of the greatest musical geniuses that the world has ever known. Here is Mitsuru Nagai playing Für Elise.

6 comments:

  1. 'Maybe my heart was too full of words to have space for musical notes. I would rather spend any free time that I had with my nose in a book or scribbling little stories on dog-eared notebooks.'

    :)

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  2. loree - i played piano from age 6 and abruptly stopped at 18, so you kept at it - good for you! fur elise was one of my favorite recital pieces - so beautiful.

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  3. One of my piano students is playing this right now. I do love this piece! Don't stop playing :)

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  4. I love music but have no talent for it. I can't even sing on key. I took piano lessons for many years but don't remember much of it. Trying to learn music was like trying to rearrange how my mind thinks. Yet I still love music and my kids and I are always singing (off key) and making music.

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  5. I just found your blog and must comment at once. This post sounds so familiar although I didn't take piano lessons that long. I was told I had a great voice when I was a child but teenage brought shyness that never left. There were always others more willing to enter the stage. Later I was too busy to find a choir to join. I do have a piano but I never touch it. So here I am hoping my 20 something daughter - who certainly has a great voice - will overcome her shyness and won't follow in her mother's footsteps!

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  6. I love music too but modern one, not so much the classical music. I played flute for a while at school, but I hated the piano !

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