Monday, July 22, 2013

Chopin and Shostakovich

“After playing Chopin, I feel as if I had been weeping over sins that I had never committed, and mourning over tragedies that were not my own. Music always seems to me to produce that effect. It creates for one a past of which one has been ignorant, and fills one with a sense of sorrows that have been hidden from one’s tears.”
~Oscar Wilde

“Bach is an astronomer, discovering the most marvellous stars. Beethoven challenges the universe. I only try to express the soul and the heart of man.”
~Frédéric Chopin

A great piece of music is beautiful regardless of how it is performed. Any prelude or fugue of Bach can be played at any tempo, with or without rhythmic nuances, and it will still be great music. That's how music should be written, so that no-one, no matter how philistine, can ruin it.
~Dmitri Shostakovich

A bonus video from Stanford University. The music is J. Strauss II and the dancers are excellent:

The cartoon at the top is by Doug Savage.

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