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January 5, 2011

Letting Go and Starting Anew

At the beginning of each new year, many decide to start fresh again, make resolutions for the new year, and prepare themselves for a successful year.  I do the same, except for the new years resolutions part.  I find it almost unnecessary to do so because, well, new year’s resolutions are never really resolved.  This is a fact that most people are familiar with or have experienced for themselves time after time again.  For resolutions, I find that we’re probably better off making a really simple, watered-down version of an improvement we want to make in our lives or about ourselves for each new day.  This is hard enough, so…you get the point.

The start of a new year, or in this year’s case, the start of a new decade, is a once-in-a-year/decade opportunity to clean out any baggage that has been dragging us down.  Whether it’s memories of tragedy, disappointment in failure, grief over loss, grudge against foe, or distress about issues, now is a good time to let go, forgive, and walk away.  You can’t really clean out a bowl of dirty water without emptying out the dirty water first.  Don’t fall for the temptation to, for instance, add something like colored water to disguise what was contaminating the water before, because then you’ll just get…dirty colored water.  You get the point.

Happy New Year.  I wish you all a good one.

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December 5, 2010

Bridging Two Points

Just a month ago, I looked outside my window and noticed that the leaves were changing. Being caught up with daily this-and-thats ever since school resumed, I hadn’t had time to take a trip to Central Park much, and was late to notice the transition to autumn. At that moment, I was loving the beauty of the warmer colors emerging in the leaves of the trees… way more than I was loving the cooler temperatures outside.

Another month has passed, and I find myself surprised again at how much it has changed outside. But it’s still technically autumn, right? Winter’s not supposed to start until the 21st this year… Ok, so the winter solstice marks the beginning of this upcoming season, but is the beginning really that clear?

Thinking of classical music, the issues that come from categorizing the different eras raise similar questions. Naming and dating years in music history into the Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Modern periods, etc… is convenient because the generalizations pointed out about each era are relatively consistent within the given time frames. However, it can keep our minds boxed into our definitions of each era. It’s also mildly surprising to remember that many of the great composers that represent each era were alive and composing at the same time during the beginnings and endings of each others’ lives. At least it is for me.

On another note, I only captured the appearance of a tiny portion of the whole city, and therefore am not representing a comprehensive view of everything. But then again, it might also be that (textbook) music history also reflects only a small portion of the composers and performers out there throughout the eras.

In any case, this tree looks beautiful in whatever time of year. So we’ll leave it at that.

November 30, 2010

The Great B’s

“The three greatest composers are Bach, Beethoven and Brahms. All the others are cretins.”

The very words of Hans von Bülow, the German conductor, pianist, and composer from the 19th century, and also a great supporter of Johannes Brahms. I would easily agree to the first part of his quote, but the main reason I’m bringing this up is that it fits perfectly with the program of my upcoming recital, with violinist Dima Dimitrova on December 10th. What’s on the program? Three sonatas: BACH’s Solo Violin Sonata in C Major, BEETHOVEN’s Piano Sonata Op. 101, and BRAHMS’s Sonata for Violin and Piano in D Minor. And interestingly enough, it is Bülow himself that Brahms dedicated his D Minor Sonata for Violin and Piano to. :)