Southern Man

Monday, April 25, 2011

Beautiful Music

Way back in this post Southern Man mentioned that student pianists were appearing in his building to serenade us with beautiful music. Turns out that this is a program instigated by Our Dean, who's providing the funding, and over the past months Southern Man has made the acquaintance of several of these fine musicians. And as the semester winds down he's attended a number of their year-end recitals. Tonight was that of his favorite, a Chinese girl completing her Masters in Music; like her performances in our building, her recital featured Beethoven, Schumann, Liszt, Rachmaninoff, Debussy, and Chopin, representing a fairly narrow stylistic range from late classical to mid-romantic (Rachmaninoff composed in the early 20th Century but was an avowed romantic) but suiting Southern Man just fine. The highlight of the performance was a broken string during the Apassionata, which didn't slow the performer down one bit. Southern Man thoroughly approved; old Ludwig was also a notorious destroyer of pianos. Everyone should make it a point to relax and listen to beautiful music and witness a bit of grand piano demolition from time to time.


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