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25-10-2006, 12:18 AM
Was watching Beyond Borders on cinemax channel starring Anjelina Jolie and towards the end, Jolie as a little girl, was playing Schumann's Traumerei, a beautiful pensive short romantic piano piece and I was quickly reminded about this one book I've read some time ago, that tells the story about a man, Noah Adams, who finally took his first step in answering a lifelong call to learn to play the piano, at aged 52.

For decades he was intrigued by the piano but never had the time to learn it. And now, he buys a piano, and attempts to learn to play his favourite, Traumerei, composed by Schumann. He wants to surprise his wife by playing the piece for her on Christmas day..and he struggles with it.

Will he succeed? It's not an easy piece to play for a beginner, it is a very emotional Russian folk melody which means a whole lot to the russian people, and it could make any grown up cry as they reminisce about 'childhood' while listening to this. I have a dvd on the great virtuoso Vladimir Horowitz playing this in a Moscow concert, and every one of his listeners yanked a tear or two, men included..

Back to the book. It tells us how short life can be, how for some people, their lifetimes are spent wasted and priorities shifted, not knowingly, life passes them by in just a blink of an eye, not doing what meant most to them, not having tried the impossibles and not achieving their dreams..

Personally, I've always believed that it is never too late to learn, as people always say; when there's a will...there is a way.

Here, I've found the link to the book. (Read the excerpt) (http://www.randomhouse.com/catalog/display.pperl?isbn=9780385318211&view=excerpt)

I bought my copy from Pay Less Bookstore for rm22 (half priced) and I've seen many new copies at Kinokuniya KLCC. Unquestionably not a book to be missed.

This is not strictly for music/piano lovers only, this is for anyone who wants to fall in love with their own dreams. Whatever they may be. ~ John Hockenberry

To listen to Traumerei (this guy plays ok on youtube but has some note mistakes..:p..as the midifiles are way too soft) click here (http://youtube.com/watch?v=K8Ee42BqGyg)

25-10-2006, 10:56 PM
Oh Mon...thanks for this....I HAVE to get this book! Which payless did u get it from?

I stopped playing the piano for over 12 years and have recently started again. Been playing contemporary pieces now and the usual Clayderman fare but I really miss the classical music I used to play. My old books are all in storage or have been given away.

I remember this piece...and now I ache to play it. :cool:

25-10-2006, 11:09 PM
You can do it Vixey! Give yourself some time to learn it again and don't worry about those big chords, just roll them slowly :D (that was how I learnt it )

I got my copy from Pay Less Summit but that was the only copy I think. Tell u what, I could loan you mine if you can't find it. It's quite an absorbing book and you will enjoy reading it. On the inner cover is a printed sheet of Traumerei, quite cool.. :)

Richard Clayderman? I used to like his Ballade Pour Adelina & Cavatina.. Hehe..

26-10-2006, 09:02 AM
I missed this! This is the legendary Horowitz in Moscow, playing Traumerei. This is one of his very best performance, returning to Russia after having migrated to the States for years. He played like no other, a very charming and elegant man..He passed on a short while after this return.

Please do listen. He makes such beautiful tone colors.

click here (http://youtube.com/watch?v=qq7ncjhSqtk&mode=related&search=)

26-10-2006, 10:57 AM
Mon baby... that was absolutely beautiful!

26-10-2006, 08:00 PM
Glad you enjoyed it sweetie pie. There has always been an undeniable charisma to Horowitz' playing that endeared him to almost everyone who hears him..

One thumb up for Schumann for having written the piece and another one up for Horowitz for playing it so beautifully.