Wednesday, September 3, 2008


Oct 20, 2007 3:41 PM


This was in the lobby looking out the exit, the door had just been opened and was almost closed.

Letzt Abend werde ich schöner klassischer Musik zuhören.
Last night I attended a performance of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra at Heinz Hall

Sibelius: Concerto in D minor for Violin and Orchestra superbly performed by Nikolaj Znaider!
Debussy: Nocturnes, Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh
Ravel: Suite No. 2 from Daphnis et Chloé, Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh

This concert was simply superb. Somehow, it is hard to describe the feelings evoked when listening to beautiful music. Can a picture portray the same emotion, rolled all together like a ball of string, which when unraveled charismatically invokes a thousand subtle yet enduringly beautiful flavors symphonically portrayed as a whole, yet revealing as an artist with his brush the individual pieces taken together rhythmically joining thrilling tones, notes and harmonic passages that thrill my heart. I see that in certain images and most definitely heard the unsurpassed loveliness this evening.

Continuing with the metaphor, to describe a wonderful work of art of the form 'music' in terms of a picture or a painting, I begin with the colours. Pastel colours best describe the movement presented from the ballet Daphnis et Chloé. I've brought forth and posted one of my favorite images from my trip to Ohiopyle last weekend (see back a few photos). That photo most certainly describes a pastel setting, with two main characters in the foreground. Now of course we all realize that these two represent Daphnis and Chloé, one in the open, perhaps dancing in the wind, and Chloé is hiding in the reeds, or perhaps in this case, she is hiding through the veil of sunlight shining directly at the lens and our eyes.

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