Sunday, June 27, 2010

Italian quote

 One of Joe Dolce's Italian quotes that he has shared:
Chi pò, non vò; 
chi vò, non pò; 
chi sà, non fà; 
chi fà, non sà; 
e così, male il mondo va. 
- (Who can do, doesn't want to; 
who wants to, can't do; 
who knows how to do, won't do it; 
who does it, doesn't know how to; 
and, so, badly goes the world.)

Interesting project

Someone called Deanne decided to embark on a project of recording the entire Beatles white album, with a new track appearing every nine days. If you don't know why she did it every nine days, you need to brush up on your Lennonology.

It is great to have a project to work on and this one is a most interesting one. Her first effort, linked above, is very well done. If you like it, you might like to join my much less ambitious project, which is to listen to what she did, a track per day, over the next 29 days in which I have access to a computer. [I'll be taking a break during the school holidays to visit my Aunty Ruth for her hundredth birthday and to meet my new granddaughter, Hilary.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Sunday, June 20, 2010

One afternoon in June

We had a lovely concert at Mitchell Conservatorium today.
Some of our students played for the tenth time, and some played for the very first time.
If my students give me permission, I'll post a few photos of the performance today.

The newest piece played, written this century,  was called The Wild Rest, and comes from the brand new P Plate Piano series of books.

The oldest piece played was a fugue by Telemann that was written over 250 years ago.

Several  of the students are preparing for exams (and playing for enjoyment), but others are not preparing for exams (and playing for enjoyment).

Thursday, June 17, 2010

The greatest instrument?

I think the greatest instrument is unquestionably the human voice, but after that comes the piano.

No other acoustic instrument can match the piano's expressive range, and no electric instrument can match its mystery. [Kenneth Miller quote included in The Essential Piano]

The pianoforte is the most important of all musical instruments: its invention was to music what the invention of printing was to poetry. [Bernard Shaw]

Saturday, June 05, 2010