I was thinking about my dad today and how he introduced me at a very young age to the GREATEST PIECE OF MUSIC EVER WRITTEN. I am a libra, a conciliator, a counselor, a philosopher, a musicologist and an artist who has to suspend his judgement constantly to listen in order to really hear. My friends will laugh that I can’t possibly make a single declarative sentence without 1,000 caveats and playing my very own devil’s advocate. But today, in honor of my dad, I’ll slam my gavel on the desk and declare: Beethoven’s 3rd Symphony is the greatest piece of music ever written. I’ll defend myself in detail later, and, I reserve the right to change my mind 1,000 more times. Happy Father’s day.
Archive for June, 2010
My last music post had to do with the string core of chamber music and the stunning power of a single violin. But chamber music is a conversation of 2 or more players. Just putting two strings together (1 + 1), a new third dimension of synergy emerges including harmony, dialog, foreground and background, etc.. Mozart wrote 2 of the most magnificent string duets of all time, both for violin and viola. There is a world of riches in this 3 movement piece if you only take the time. A sonata, a minuet and a rondeau.
For me, the first dancing atom of chamber music starts with the violin, a defining trait I like to call “string theory.” Curiously, the violin is the odd man out when you consider the bulk of jazz and pop muisc. Here is one man, one fiddle and one mighty composer. Remember as you listen: this is a solo performer. And, there is no electricity involved.