Wait… What?

Me: “Oooooh! How it’s made! Electric violins! As a former violinist, I am curious.”

Discovery*Blah blah blah* “…and the sound of the violins was overpowered by horns and trumpets…”

Me: “What?”

Discovery: “…and by amplifying the sound, violins are no longer just a background instruments.”

Me: “WHAT? Listen here, you *beep* *beep*! If I ever catch that prick who…”

My roommate: “Arguing with TV again?”

Me: “WELL THEY DESERVE IT! THEY F***ING MANAGED TO INSULT THE VIOLIN PLAYERS IN ONE SENTENCE!”

My roommate: “…”

Me: “WHAT?!”

My roommate: “Do you know why a bass has 4 strings?”

Me: “Huh? How is that… Nevermind… Why?”

My roommate: “3 are there in casethe main one snaps! HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!” *casually moonwalks away*

(he didn’t moonwalk)

 

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Stranded on a desert island? No problem!

What if…?

 

If I were stranded on a desert island, I would be bored to death. Okay, kidding aside there is always a question about that famous island: what three things would you bring with you? Well, there is the ideal list of things:

1) A stick with a string

2) gold medal to attach to the string

3) Michael Phelps

…But we are talking about my list here, aren’t we? Well, first things first, I would bring a player, because I can’t live without music. I need electricity, but I don’t know how would I have that.

Okay, so music must be classical. it is the only kind of music that never gets old for me. It is the music I grew up with – Mozart, Beethoven, Vivaldi. I remember that I was really difficult as a child, but my parents used to let me watch Beethoven’s 9 symphony. Four Seasons from Vivaldi are the reason I wanted to play violin.

Second thing I would bring with me would be internet. Yes, I think that doesn’t need a explanation.

And of course, the third thing I would like to have would be a computer. Why would I need internet if I don’t have a computer?

Well, there are also other things, but it always comes down to these things. I would like also to have books, or something that would make a fine hobby. But most of all, I want to never, ever get stranded to a desert island.

I think you wouldn’t want that, too.

 

Congratulation, it’s an anniversary!

Yes, it is time to reflect on 2010 and write a summary. The only problem is, it takes to long and I’m kind of lazy person. I mean, I have to write about things that happened in world, in my country and in my life. Right…

Well, I have to write about it because everybody else writes. (Hell no! I won’t do that!)

Okay, scratch the last sentence. Never mind what I was saying…

There were two things, very similar to each other that marked this year. I don’t know if you’re familiar with it, but in 2010 was the 200 birthday of Frederick Chopin and Robert Schumann.  Do you know who they were?

Well, both of them were piano players and famous composers. Hell, when they say the word piano, the first person I think about is Chopin, the “poet of the piano.” Are you curious why do people call him like that? Than Google it.

Oh, poor Frederick had a very difficult and short life. He lived only 39 years. Anyway, the thing that he loved the most was playing piano. He lived for music. Well, at least he tried. When he was a kid, he thought his hands were small. Although everybody told him that they will grow up, he just couldn’t wait. Every night before sleep he’d put wooden pieces between his fingers so his hands would stretch. That was a terrible mistake.

His hands deformed as the bones moved away from each other. His hands became weak and slow. Never he recovered and became a famous pianist.

But that didn’t stop him. If he couldn’t play fast and loud, he instead wrote soft, beautiful pieces, full of emotion. Yes, he was like no other. He never married, but he was in relationship with a woman (much older than him!) named Amandine Aurore Lucille Dupin. She was a French writer, better known as George Sant. He died of  tuberculosis.

Robert Schumann… Yes, his life sounds like a Spanish soap. Very romantic, and all musicians tend to talk good about this poor guy. You can hate Mozart, Beethoven, even Bach (I mean, you can try, but, will you live?), but never, ever say bad things about Schumann. Why? Because he is the representative of the Romantic era in history of music.

Born in 1810, he composed only for piano until 1840, when he suddenly started composing pieces for piano and orchestra. He wrote over 600 songs for voice and piano (you must know that Mozart, one of the greatest composers ever wrote only 600 pieces in his life) and 4 symphonies.

He was married to Clara Wieck, later known as Clara Schumann. She was a very good pianist, and often she performed his pieces on stage. Schumann, as shy as he was, was then sitting in the crowd, listening how people would commented about his pieces and smiled to himself.

In the last years of his life, he became mentally ill and tried to commit suicide jumping from a bridge above Rein river. Fishermen dragged him out. He died in a hospital for people with mental illness four years after that incident.

Clara never married again. Famous composer Brahms loved her and often propose her, but she never accepted it.

Happy birthday, guys. You were among the best, despite what others say…

Good news everyone!

Professor Hubert Farnsworth

Professor Farnsworth

I think I’m watching too much Futurama. Well, that punchline from Professor Farnsworth is really catchy, for your information.

Anyway, I fell a lot better today. Almost as if I’m not sick anymore. So I started something new on this blog. I’ll try to write 2 posts each day and one of them will be about music and musicians. So, this one is for me, other one is for you and we’re all happy. Just kidding.

Posts about history of music were inspired by a bunch of illogical posts and comments about some of the famous musicians of all time. No, Mozart didn’t steal from Beethoven, he didn’t die at the age of 25 and he didn’t write Requiem by himself.

Also, don’t think that only thing that is important is number of pieces each one of these guys wrote, what are the most famous pieces etc. We all know that, but we don’t how interesting their lives were.

I promise I will not use Wikipedia as my internet consultant. I mean, I can log on to Wikipedia now and write that Beethoven was a French guy who invented the X-ray (got the point?). Wikipedia is not bad, but think about this: a 6-year-old kid can write an article on Wikipedia, but once a book is published, it is done. All my knowledge about music I got from books (thank you YouTube for those videos of fantastic performances).

I really hope you will enjoy it, as much as I enjoy babbling about music. Any questions?

Oh, and one last thing. This is not for educational purposes, it’s for fun. You can try use it for education (I swear to God,I will only speak the truth about them), just don’t say I didn’t warn you.

P.S: My teacher would be proud of me for that “Any question” line.

Composers don’t steal

Do you know that all this genres in music were once merged together? Oh yes, and that was not so long ago. For, centuries there has been only two types of music – classical and folk.

Folk music is actually the oldest type. It starts from prehistoric time. That is really boring period for music, believe me. When we learned about it, we were looking at those couple of pages and thought: “Man, this is going to be the easiest question on the exam.” We were right.

However, time passed and so the music developed. Soon, there was Egyptian music, Babylonian, Chinese, Roman etc. Problem is, that we can’t call it neither folk, or classical – it’s something between. Again centuries pass, church becomes the boss and (guess what?), people start composing for the church. For me, this is a break point. Everything that made music so beautiful today is that moment when we distinguished to genres of music.So, on one side we have folk music, made by people who aren’t educated, and on the other side we have educated people who write for the benefits of church.

Then, one day those church people were taking a walk and heard those folk songs and these melodies just didn’t want to get out of their head. They are simple, short and easy to experiment with. That’s how classical music is made.

Point of this story is – composers don’t steal. Every now and often I read a post about who stole from who. What I could figure out from books and classes I listened, it is a great honor when some other compositor takes your theme and rearranges it.

Think about it like this: you write a piece and you want someone to hear it, but you can’t show it to audience due to lack of interest from their side. In sorrow and sadness you bury that piece to be forgot. Sooner (or later) another musician finds it and thinks: “Hey, this is fantastic! How about I take this theme and see what I can do with it.”

That musician makes another piece and people like it, but they remember that there was one like it before. So they ask for it. Now, they like it, but, in reality, you would be long dead when this happens.

In the end, it’s all about marketing.