When I was going in Sunday school … I dreamed about be able to play piano – and there was quite a few girls in my age that the school held practice for every Wednesday, but there was only so many pianos available.
On a Harmonium – was it very hard to play for a 10 year old girl – could hardly reach the pedals, but I played and played … not at all good at it – I manage to play the beginning of Beethoven’s “Moonlight Sonata” in the end – so my adventure as a pianist wasn’t very long lived, about a year.
Haven’t sat by a piano since than or neither Harmonium for that matter. But every time I listen to this classical masterpiece I wish that I had insisted on a piano and carried on. I don’t think I would ever have a career as a concert pianist (what a lost of the restaurant world *laughing) – and will never been playing with a full symphonic orchestra … but I would love to be able to play this fantastic piece of music, even if it were going to be me as an audience. I’m not really that fussed about other beautiful classical piano pieces, but I suppose if I had managed to play this .. I would had played the others too. *smile
Because for me this is the ultimate piano concert; The Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat minor, Op. 23 was composed by Tchaikovsky between 1874 and 1875. It was revised in the summer of 1879 and again in December 1888. The first version received heavy criticism from his desired pianist. Which later repudiated his previous accusations and became a fervent champion of the work. It is one of the most popular of Tchaikovsky’s compositions and among the best known of all piano concerts.
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (Russian: Пётр Ильич Чайковский), 1840 – 1893, born in in Votkinsk 100 mil east of Moscow.
Tchaikovsky’s life and work was strongly influenced by his homosexuality, which he for the longest time did not want to admit. He attempted a brief, unhappy relationship with Désirée Artôt, the star of a visiting Italian opera company.
He has written seven symphonies , eleven operas symphonic poems, three string quartets, songs, piano pieces and three story ballets (Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty and The Nutcracker). He also wrote three piano concertos, of which the Piano Concerto No. 1 is the most famous, and a violin concerto.
Tchaikovsky had a couple of mental breakdowns during his life, because he worked hard and put himself under severe pressure all the time. He undertook several tours, including in the USA, was awarded an honorary doctorate in 1893 in Cambridge and achieved several major successes with new compositions.
In October 1893, he conducted the first performance of his Symphony No. 6, known as the “Pathétique” in St. Petersburg. Despite the fact that a cholera epidemic was going on in the city, he drank a glass of unboiled water and died of the disease on November 6. Some have described his death as suicide.
Tchaikovsky’s music can be summed be personalized, elegant and substantial melodic. Three factors that made him one of the greatest in classical music.
(All facts collected from wikipedia.org)
This music is bigger than life to me!!!!!
“Inspiration is a guest that does not willingly visit the lazy.”
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
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