By Carol Montparker
Those intensely own and perceptive essays discover the author's lifestyles as a pianist - training, appearing, instructing and writing - yet they can be the concepts and reflections of any artist. They recount the demanding situations, rewards and joys of her reports in her selected career.
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Page 15 AT HOME O may she live like some green laurel Rooted in one dear perpetual place. WILLIAM BUTLER YEATS Page 17 1 Nature and Music I have come to think of myself as both naturalist and musician. Certainly I have found a great source of spiritual strength in both realms, and probing the relationship between the two has been an ongoing preoccupation and pleasure for as long as I can remember. Apparently even as an infant, I looked up into trees and murmured to the rustling leaves. Now, my first love, nature, can subvert my work at the piano, for example, when a red fox emerges from the woods and catches the corner of my eye, or a bird song seems more beautiful than anything I could ever play.
In the woods, while walking in the silence of the nights ... incited by moods that are translated ... by me into tones that roar and storm about me until I have set them down into notes. " You can hear him taking that first deep breath of fresh air in the opening bar's rest. Beethoven spoke of nature as "a glorious school for the heart" where he would be a scholar and learn its wisdoms. Every time I play the Sonata, Opus 79, in G major (a key that many musicians associate with a purifying and uplifting quality), I feel Beethoven's exultation in the natural world.
In our own home, my husband, Ernest, whose expertise lies mainly in literature and films, and I treasure our evenings with other creative artists; abstract ideas fly back and forth with no boundaries or barriers between forms or mediums. A few years ago one of my adult students, a professional painter, Page 38 asked me whether I would consider swapping a month's worth of lessons for a portrait of myself. The idea intrigued me, and so I sat (and wrote) after each of four lessons while she sketched.
A Pianist's Landscape by Carol Montparker