September 6, 2014
Keep going!

Keep going!

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September 1, 2014

fluffyfit:

surimistick:

i was making a lot of mistakes and then my archery instructor said:

“you make mistakes because you’re focusing on the target and not on your actions”

and i was like woah

thanks for giving me the best life advice i’ve ever gotten

guys just think about how applicable this is to EVERYFUCKINGTHING

What’s amazing is that both this advice (focus on your immediate actions) and its exact opposite (focus on the big-picture target goal) are equally true and equally necessary to master any skill. Wisdom is being able to hold contradictory ideas in your mind at the same time.

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September 1, 2014
"There are so few notes,” the pianist Leon Fleisher said, “but so many implications.” The setting was a recent master class at Carnegie Hall. Fleisher, … was speaking about the Andante movement of Schubert’s B-Flat-Major Sonata … “There are so few notes, but the implications go back billions of years,” Fleisher went on. “You have to be like the Hubble Space Telescope, which sees stars as old as the universe. The stars are dead, but their light is reaching us just now."

— Alex Ross quoting Leon Fleisher
The Sonata Seminar - The New Yorker

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September 1, 2014
"The central work is Bach’s Chaconne in D Minor for violin, arranged as a left-hand piano exercise by Brahms. In a letter to Clara Schumann, Brahms told of his love for the Chaconne—“a whole world of the deepest thoughts and most powerful feelings”—and said that he enjoyed struggling in solitude to execute it with one hand, because “one does not always want to hear music actually played.” The miracle of Fleisher’s account is that, while he performs with astonishing dexterity, he retains that atmosphere of exploration, as if no one were listening. The most wrenching passage in the Chaconne comes toward the end, when, after an upward-striving, light-seeking section in D major, there is a shuddering collapse back into the minor. Here, as sonorous, multi-register figuration gives way to spare, confined lines, you may remember what you might have forgotten, that the pianist is using one hand, and that the impairment of the other has caused him much sorrow."

Alex Ross covers Leon Fleisher’s latest record in his New Yorker column this week.

Fleisher has struggled for years with focal dystonia that impairs playing with his right hand.

What’s Lost When the Cloud Replaces CDs

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August 24, 2014

Here’s some Sony publicity on Levit’s new record.

Look at that room!

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August 3, 2014
"When I’m practicing a piece of Schumann (for instance), I try to find my way into rhythms and ideas that were notated in a completely different time, that originate from a set of enthusiasms that I can only dimly imagine. At first, like an organ transplant, there are rejections, mismatches — but slowly I find my way into Schumann’s skin."

— Jeremy Denk, quoted in the New York Times Book Review

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August 2, 2014
Parts
Francesco Corsini

Parts

Francesco Corsini

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July 27, 2014
stevey226:

Today wasn’t as productive as it could have been and I should feel bad.

Don’t feel bad! I just read this post today, and I think it’s true — sometimes we need to re-evaluate our notion of progress and let ourselves recharge guilt-free.

stevey226:

Today wasn’t as productive as it could have been and I should feel bad.

Don’t feel bad! I just read this post today, and I think it’s true — sometimes we need to re-evaluate our notion of progress and let ourselves recharge guilt-free.

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July 26, 2014
At the University of Calgary, Saturday night with Mr. Steinway.

At the University of Calgary, Saturday night with Mr. Steinway.

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July 26, 2014
(via don’t shoot the pianist » Blog Archive » Interdisciplinary Relations)

(via don’t shoot the pianist » Blog Archive » Interdisciplinary Relations)

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