Vintage Pianists

What a treat!  I’ve just been exploring YouTube videos of Horowitz, Van Cliburn, and other great pianists.  I love hearing the unedited, live sound w/ the paradoxically warm black-and-white footage.  One of my all-time favorite music videos is of Horowitz playing Schumann’s "Aus Fremden Landen" in the then-Soviet Union.  The camera pans the audience, and you see everyone is enchanted, practically enthralled!  Except that the very essence of the moment is the opposite: everyone is there by choice, for love!  I hope all pianists, especially piano students and young budding artists see these vintage films sometime.

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Merry Lark

I am Christian, married, a pianist. My favorite composers to play are Beethoven, Chopin, and Bach. I'm also an avid reader of great literature, and I like to write: it helps me think. I try to avoid "tribal thinking"; I'm glad and grateful to be Catholic, but I believe all Christians are my brothers & sisters in Christ, those of the Jewish faith are my cousins/elders in faith, and all human-beings are my fellow beloved-children of God. I believe God is our Loving Creator. God loves everyone, no exceptions. The Holy Spirit is growing me in Christ. Other things about me: I can't stand bullies, but I still try to understand their point-of-view; I abhor cruelty, and I do my utmost to make peace inasmuch as it's up to me; I enjoy challenges, variety, spontaneity, color, but I also like solitude, quiet, order. My healing and my bliss is in recognizing I am part of the Body of Christ. Shalom!

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