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Birthday George Sand 1 July 1804

Amantine Lucile Aurore Dupin, best known by her pseudonym George Sand, was a remarkable woman – a prodigious novelist, dramatist and campaigner for all manner of political reform. She had a releationship with Frédéric Chopin for almost 10 years. And today is her birthday.
This photograph of her could also have been taken in the 60′s of the 20th century. Looking forward to ‘crawl into her skin’ again in the next performance of ‘Chopin and George Sand’, after summer in Gent.

Aurore as a young girl

Aurore as a young girl

Italian Concerto challenge

Handwriting Bach

Handwriting Bach

I challenge myself to learn the Italian Concerto from Bach by heart during the holiday in France. There is a Roland Stage Piano, and I want to spend one hour a day on it. That means 21 hours, because we are three weeks in France. What do you think: will this work?
If not, I am going to continue to practise an hour every day after holiday until I reached my goal. If I have taken this bump, it will become psychologically easier to reach Suzuki level 5. Then “only” the rest of book 7 will wait for me.

András Schiff plays Italian Concerto on Youtube

First print second part Italian Concerto, 1935

First print second part Italian Concerto, 1935

Ornaments Bach

Ornaments Bach

Partita for keyboard

Partita for keyboard

Violin Sonato (section)

Violin Sonato (section)

Elephant & Owl chick

Elephant

Elephant

Owl chick

Owl chick

Today I finished my composition ‘Elephant & Owl chick.’ It is a fun piece for three pianists at one piano, or fifteen pianists at five pianos (and everything in between!). It was commissioned by the Piano Festival of Groningen, or ‘het Groninger Pianofestival’ that will take place on Friday and Saturday of April 19/20 2019.
It is easy and can be played after about one or two years of piano lessons, although you must be able to do glissandi, tremolos and scales. Especially the owl chick is pure slapstick!
The elephant starts with a tangolike motive that is repeated over and over, but every time with different accompaniments. It has to be practised (and performed) with a group of fifteen children in one day!

You can hear a digital version below:


Digital version ‘Elephant and Owl chick’

As an example I put two pages below:

Elephant

‘Elephant’

Page 'Elephant & Owl chick'

Page ‘Owl chick’

Klein Klassiek concert

Vandaag was er een superleuk babyconcert bij Cantina Vocaal, met Walther Deubel en Diane Johnston.
Ik citeer organisator Diane Johnston:

“That was such a lovely morning! Klein Klassieks babyconcert with lovely musicians. I really felt some magic happening. I love the power of music!!
Now its time for a nap (that’s probably what our audience from this morning is doing as well around this time) and then I’m off to the Purmaryn for the last performance of Carmen….”

Schermafbeelding 2018-11-17 om 12.11.19

Dit was het programma:

La ci darem / Mozart
Elfendans / Grieg
Schonen Monat Mai / Schumann
Polka vier handen / Stravinsky
Danse der Oiseaux / Verleur
Er zaten 7 kikkertjes ( 2 of 3 x )
Op een klein stationnetje
Zigeunermeisje ( 2 of 3 x)
Wiegenlied / Brahms
Le petit Negre / Debussy
Wild rider
Frohlicher landmann
Hij komt
Hoor de wind waait door de bomen
Hop hop hop
Rommel de Bommel
O, kom er eens kijken!

Natuurlijk allemaal korte stukken voor korte spanningsboogjes. De aanwezige kindjes waren flink aan het swingen! De ouders genoten ook.

Chamber music day at Watford

On the 21th of October I have been invited by the British Piano Trio Society to talk about my trios for early learners. Also some of my trios will be performed by children. I will travel on the 20th with Jan and Gaia an Rosa. We will also have autumn holiday afterwards. You can read more about the chamber music day below.

Triobooks 1 and 2 audio

Newletter October Piano Trio Society

Newletter October Piano Trio Society

Program 21 October

Program 21 October

Quotes Itzhak Perlman (violin)

- One must always practice slowly. If you learn something slowly, you forget it slowly.

- The most important thing to do is really listen.

- Every musical phrase has a purpose. It’s like talking. If you talk with a particular purpose, people listen to you, but if you just recite, it’s not as meaningful.

- I always consider myself lucky that I can actually cry listening to
some music.

- Everybody has a different kind of talent and a different timetable as to when they develop.

- Don’t play the way it goes. Play the way it is. And the way it is every time you play it, it’s slightly different. Look for something. So that’s the challenge not to be bored.

- You decide to be a musician, you have to put in the time.

Itzhak Perlman

Itzhak Perlman

Technique doesn’t exist

Youtube movie

Nice introduction of Maria Joao Pires before a concert of her student Julien Liebeer. Interesting what Maria say’s about technique. Don’t get triggered about this: if you don’t have time to watch the video, read what Silvia Pavani says about what she could have meant. ;-)

Pires

Pires


“I think that when Maria says “technique doesn’t exist” she is saying that in order to conquer the instrument you have to find a way. This way will be constantly changing so you cannot call this process a technique. I don’t think she means you don’t have to sweat over a piece, but the approach should always be custom made to the difficulty of the moment.”

Silvia Pavani-De Visser