Tuesday, November 9, 2010

A Combination of my Favorites

This time about something completely different, *although .....

Probably you've already seen on my profile that one of my interests is: Classical music.
I think now these days it's a kind of music that's rather being ignored by younger people.
Most of them prefer to listen to contemporary music, and I can really understand them. Mostly contemporary music sounds cheerful, and I must agree – that's not so often the case with classical music. Actually – any piece of classical music is bound to touch the sensitive string in every classical music lover's heart. If you are downhearted you best don't listen to it. I myself, I'm not always in the mood to listen to it because it makes me sometimes melancholic but nevertheless I like to hear it so now and then.
When I'm in a cheerful mood then I listen (and/or dance, all by my self) to contemporary music, I really like it too.
Now I want to explain how I came on the idea for this post.
I was surfing on the Internet and I came by coincidence on this YouTube music video. I discovered there that they combined the things I love so much: a part of one of my favorite piano concertos of Serguei Rachmaninov supplemented with beautiful sensitive images and text.
If you love classical music then you will probably know this music piece.
OK – it's an emotional piece but If you are not in the mood to listen and look at it then please don't do it.

Info: Fyodor Dostoyevsky was a Russian writer and essayist.

I have seen an orchestra play this piece in a real concert hall on November 25, 2006.
It was really a fabulous experience. The sound was overwhelming, something completely different than when you hear it on the radio or on your CD player.
It was performed by the Symphonic Philharmonic Orchestra of St. Pietersburg.

The pianist was Igor Tsjetuev. Here you can hear and see him play an other piece of the concert that I attended (click on link).

Actually this was the best performance that I've ever seen and heard. He played the piece with so much power and diligence, it really gave me goosebumps.
I have this music on CD, but It has been a long time since I've listened to it. In fact: my CD player stayed closed since mid-August last year. This was at the time that Pipke became ill for the very last time.
Anyhow, I really love the images and the text they've added to the music. I find it a wonderful combination of beautiful things, things that matter in life!
Life is full of beauty.
Notice the bumble bee, the small child, and the smiling faces.
Smell the rain, and feel the wind.
Live your life to the fullest potential, and fight for your dreams.
Be happy!

I still want to add.I discovered something very interesting after I had written this post in draft. Did you know that: Classical music also pulls at the heartstrings of people in a vegetative state.
If one plays music to vegetative patients, their heart rate changes in the same way as that of healthy controls, suggesting that music can affect the neural systems of emotion even when conscious thought is impossible.

To Jeannie and Jen: do you remember the hilarious conversation which followed on the comments of this post.
It went about: "**een scheet in een fles"?
I said there : "And now I go from one extreme to an other, I will listen to Rachmaninov's piano concertos n°1 & 3"
Well -- the piece that you could hear here was the piece that I referred there.

(For those who don't know it: literally translated to English **this means: "a fart in a bottle".
If you want to know what the English proverb is for this, read the comments on this post:):) LOL.)
Maybe you're surprised -- but yes -- I can be funny and naughty too.

PS: I said *although because it goes again about "feelings", but it shows the way I am and how I feel.
I just hope that you don't get bored with it.
(Actually I had prepared this post already two months ago but hesitated to publish it because it was again all so sensitive.)


  1. This is one of my most favorite pieces Fran! I would love to see it performed in person.

    I went back and re-read that post you mentioned--goofy girls we are! ha ha ha