Sunday, August 13, 2006

Satie

I'm trying out a new piece, and once again, I am moved by it. It's called Gymnopedie, by Erik Satie, and the dynamics at the top translate to slow and mournful. It is gorgeous. What really strikes me about doing this piece at this moment in my life is that I am able to read the music so much better than I expect to be able to. I'm not good by any stretch, but this is the first time I feel like I can go to the nation of music and speak the language a little bit. Last night, when I played through the piece for the first time, I was actually able to figure out the melody and the bass lines. It's such a gift, to be able to learn a new language. Honestly, now I think, well, I speak English, Vietnamese, and I read music.

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