Greetings as we roll into Fall! Kids are getting into their school routines as that crispness returns to the air. We have a drizzly day here on the Oregon Coast today, but I’m looking forward to more gorgeous fall sunshine before we get fully entrenched in rainy season again!
Last month’s quotations about music had such a great response that I’m doing that again in this issue. As I said last month, I don't agree with a lot of these, but find them all interesting. Enjoy!
“If you don’t lose five pounds and ten drops of blood, you haven’t played a concert.”
- Arthur Rubinstein (1887-1982)
“The way to get the most out of yourself and out of other people is to be willing for people to throw rotten eggs at you. If you want to keep making music for people, you’ve got to spend the rest of your life allowing for the possibility that somebody will throw rotten eggs at your soul.” - Andre Watts (1946- )
“Always play as if a master were present.” - Robert Schumann (1810-1856)
There are LOTS of new album reviews
and one new songbook
review on MainlyPiano.com this month with at least as many more coming up in October. I’ll start reviewing new Christmas albums this week and have some new songbooks to review as well. I’m often getting 3-5 new albums to review a day, so, artists, thanks for your patience! Some really great music has been released this year!!!
“True artists fix all the harm that politicians do.” - A retired private secretary in 1982
"I only know two pieces---one is Clair de Lune and the other one isn't."
- Victor Borge (1909-2000)
"Opera in English is, in the main, just about as sensible as baseball in Italian."
- H.L. Mencken (1880-1956)
I have one new interview this month. This one is with Peter Calandra
, and what an interesting interview it is! Pete has worn many different hats as a professional musician and we covered a lot of that in the interview. Coming up are interviews with Matthew Mayer, Adam Andrews and Cecilie with more to follow!
"Hell is full of musical amateurs." George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)
"...it is much easier to play rapidly than slowly; you can drop a few notes in passages without anyone noticing it. But is it beautiful? At such speed you can use the hands indiscriminately; but is it beautiful?" - Mozart 1778
“Music is a higher revelation than philosophy.” - Beethoven (1770-1827)
One More House Concert This Year!
The last concert of 2018 marks an important anniversary! Louis Landon performed the first house concert here in October 2008 and has performed here almost every year (sometimes more than once!), and yet his concerts are always different! Louis will be here on Saturday, October 13th at 7:00. Here’s the info
"People compose for many reasons; to become immortal; because the pianoforte happens to be open; because they want to become a millionaire; because of the praise of friends; because they have looked into a beautiful pair of eyes; for no reason whatever." - R. Schumann
"One never knows, do one?" - Thomas "Fats" Waller (1904-1943)
“I don’t think there was ever a piece of music that changed a man’s decision on how to vote.” - Artur Schnabel (1882-1951)
Joey Curtin’s Concert Here:
On September 16th, Joey Curtin and her husband arrived for Joey’s solo piano concert as well as lots of talking and laughing - such a fun 20 hours or so! Here are some photos from the concert.
“I always said God was against art and I still believe it.”
- Edward Elgar (1857-1934)
(of rhythm and blues) “It’s not music. It’s a disease.” - Mitch Miller 1960
“The good composer is slowly discovered; the bad composer is slowly found out.”
- Ernest Newman (1868-1959)
The Terra Nova Trio Concert:
On September 30th, The Terra Nova Trio from Eugene regaled a small but very enthusiastic audience with their incredible versatility and musicianship! The Trio is Mike Curtis (woodwinds including tenor and baritone saxes, and clarinet), AnnaLisa Morton (oboe, English horn and tenor sax) and Sandy Holder (piano, accordion and guitar) - all very accomplished musicians and a delight to have with us! Here are a few photos from that concert.
“The man who has music in his soul will be most in love with the loveliest.” - Plato
“A wave of vulgar, filthy and suggestive music has inundated the land.... Nothing but ragtime prevails and the cake-walk with its obscene posturings, its lewd gestures. It is artistically and morally depressing and should be suppressed by press and pulpit.”
- The Musical Courier 1899
“The expression of thought, of sentiment, of the passions, must be the true aim of music.” - Jean-Philippe Rameau (1683-1764)
Next Year’s Concerts: I’m really excited about the line-up for next year’s concerts. I’m almost full for 2019, but there will probably be some changes. What I have so far is:
March: David Hicken (solo piano)
April: Dan Kennedy the first weekend (solo piano)
Kate Moody around the 26th (solo piano)
May: Hiroya Tsukamoto the 16th (guitar)
Darlene Koldenhoven the 31st (piano and vocal)
June: Ryan Marvel the first weekend (solo piano)
Milo Graamans the last week (piano and more!)
July: Frank Huang mid-month (classical piano)
August: Steve Rivera and Michele McLaughlin around the 4th (piano)
Dan Chadburn and Tom Nichols the 24th (piano, guitar, vocal)
September: Louis Colaianna the second week (solo piano)
Oliver Bohovic later in the month (composer/pianist from Slovakia!)
It will be an amazing year!
“Music, I feel, must be emotional first and intellectual second.”
- Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)
“It may be a good thing to copy reality; but to invent reality is much, much better.”
- Giuseppe Verdi 1876
“Creativity and fear are implacable enemies. If I do hold any one thing to be certain, it is that all acts of creation are acts of bravery.”
- Conner Freff Cochran in Keyboard Magazine 3/94
Music Is: It’s been a few years since I’ve done this, but I’m planning to make the November “trivia” quotes that begin with “Music is…..” Everyone who is interested is encouraged to send me their quotes and I’ll use as many as I can. Send them to firstname.lastname@example.org. In December, I’ll have the Annual Holiday Wishes List, so be thinking about that, too.
“The societies most deeply tainted with superstition have been the greatest promoters of art.” - Georges Bizet 1866
“Music is the mediator between the spiritual and the sensual life.” - Beethoven
“In the beginning was rhythm.” - Hans von Bulow (1830-1894)
October Birthdays: Here is a partial list of some musical birthdays happening in October:
10/8: Laura Sullivan
10/9: Frank Huang & Darlene Koldenhoven
10/19: Lesley Spencer
10/20: Vito Gregoli
10/24: Doug Hammer & Michael Stribling
10/28: Charles Denler
10/30: Judson Hurd & Marge Adler
Happy Birthday to all of you!
“I think that every man who ... listens to my records, or who hears me on the radio believes firmly that he sings as well as I do, especially when he’s in the bathroom.”
- Bing Crosby (1903-1977)
“If I play Tchaikovsky I play his melodies and skip his spiritual struggles ... If there’s any time left over I fill in with a lot of runs up and down the keyboard.”
- Liberace 1964
“A good composer does not imitate; he steals.” Igor Stravinsky - 1967
I think that's all the news I have for you this month! Have a great October and I'll meet you back here soon!
“There is nothing more difficult than talking about music.”
- Camille Saint-Saens (1835-1921)
“Music is the thing of the world that I love most.” - Samuel Pepys (1666)