The magnificent “3 Bs”—German composers Bach, Beethoven and Brahms! Bach and Beethoven set the bar very high and were tough acts for Brahms to follow. By studying their works, he becomes a composer of consummate skill. In Opus 118, one of his very last works, he speaks directly to the heart in short compositions that also demonstrate his mastery of form and counterpoint. His best friends were dying, and the loneliness and grief he felt surely inspired these tender and poetic works.
The programme that I chose to play today sums up into two ideas – “Homage” and “Grow”. Busoni paid his homage to Bach by growing his chaconne theme to a huge showpiece; Berg paid his homage to Schoenberg, at the same time reminding us that 12-tone grew from the traditional form; and you can say that Beethoven pay his homage to the very first f-minor theme by developing a 2nd subject so close to the character of the 1st subject and growing them across movements until the concluding note of the whole work. Please enjoy the emotional roller coaster that grows out of these masters’ superb creativity!
这场音乐会的选曲主要囊括了两个构思：“致敬“和”发展“。 布索尼通过发展巴赫的小提琴无伴奏恰空曲的主题使之成为一首炫技作品来向他致敬。贝尔格在致敬勋伯格的同时，提醒了我们十二音技法是从传统作曲技法演变而来。你也可以这样说：贝多芬通过发展f 小调的第一主题以形成特征相近的第二主题，并且继续在接下来的乐章中发展直到曲子的结束，来想其致敬。敬请享受三位音乐大师精湛创作孕育出来的情感过山车。
Human seeks in Nature the reflection of their innermost soul. Liszt wrote to his pèlerinage: “having felt that the phenomena of nature […] did not pass before my eyes as pointless images but stirred deep emotions in my soul, and that between us a vague but immediate relationship had established itself, an undefined but real rapport, an inexplicable but undeniable communication, I have tried to portray in music a few of my strongest sensations and most lively impressions.”
The confluence between human and nature explores the water world through Chopin’s Barcarolle & Ravel’s Jeux d’eau. The Ondine, the water spirit from Ravel exhibits the eerie tragedy of the unattainable attempt from the Ondine to pursuit love between human and herself that she may empathize the human soul as a natural spirit.
Chopin’s Polonaise Fantaisie illustrate the composer’s monologue with nostalgia and longing to his glorified homeland while Schumann depicts various figures among friends and commedia dell'arte to celebrate the carnival in memoriam of his first love using her home town’s spelling in a musical cryptogram.
人们从大自然中寻找灵魂深处的反映。李斯特曾经在他的《巡礼之年》中写道：身临大自然的现象[……] 至美的画面不是毫无意义的图像，而是波动我内心深处的情感。在我和自然之间，已经建立了某种模糊的关系。那是一种不明确但又是无比真实的默契，一种莫名但又不可否认的交流。 于是，我试图用音乐来描绘出我最强烈的感知和最深刻的印象。
“Motivation is what gets you started…” (Jim Ryun)
What or who motivates you to make music? Making music with passion & pleasure for a lifetime requires motivation from within. This talk examines motivation in various stages and forms of a musician’s journey, with the aim of pointing music students and musicians to the true and most powerful motivational source…
动机是行动开始的原因……” （吉姆 瑞恩）
音乐演奏/创作的动机是什么？ 谁给予你演奏/创作音乐的动力？一生充满热忱和乐趣的音乐演奏/创作需要源自内心的动力。 这场讲座通过对音乐家各个阶段的动机和形式的探讨，以引导音乐学生/ 音乐人到真实和最强大的动力来源。