Occasionally a topic pops up in conversation (or I read it on someone’s blog) that I don’t really know that much about, but talking about it always reminds me of how I always wanted to know more.
I am a fan of classical music, but I wouldn’t be able to discuss various composers or eras. Years ago my piano teacher tried to teach me all about what baroque meant and the different between a sonatina and a minuet, but most of that is long forgotten.
I can you at least that I love Dvorak’s Symphony No. 9. The second movement of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 is probably the saddest thing I’ve ever heard, Chopin’s Clair de Lune the most beautiful, and Pachabel’s Canon in D the most overplayed — but I’d be worried that I sound like I’m just spouting out cliches. Also I think Rachmaninoff’s Prelude in C# minor could be really fun to play on the piano, if I could just find a piano to try playing it on.
When I went to the concerts at UNB Music Camp (This one time, at band camp…) there was always at least a few pieces that I wanted to remember and listen to again, but who knows what they might have been now. Something called The Creation of the World, I think, with seven movements, was one. I feel like it might have been a gift from the composer to his wife. I should look that up.
The point is that if anybody asked me on a date to see Dvorak’s Symphony No. 9 in concert, I would probably fall in love. That, or buy me a piano.
Note: The piece is La Création du Monde, a jazz inspired ballet suite in six parts by French composer Darius Milhaud.