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Winny brought along cupcakes with musical notes that she had prepared herself. Through Winny’s contribution, we can see the passion inherent in the Pianovers community! Thank you, Winny, for your cupcakes! Also, this evening’s Mini-Recital featured many classical pieces which was a good contrast to the previous Meetups.
It is amazing that four decades after the movie’s release, people are still finding new ways of interpreting Halloween’s theme song. The original theme was created with simple piano music, however, sometimes it is simple things that really capture people’s imagination and withstand the test of time. As John Carpenter said, “Horror movies will live forever.”
Stella played Jingle Bells, which was published in September 1857 under the title "One Horse Open Sleigh" and performed in Boston that year. It was originally intended for the Thanksgiving season but over the years became associated with Christmas instead. Today, Jingle Bells is a popular Christmas song sung by families around the world.
The use of classical music in classic cartoons started in the 1930s and spawned a whole new learning process for children and adults alike. For example, an episode of Tom and Jerry, the popular cartoon depicting the cat and mouse in a perpetual chase, titled The Cat Concerto, features one of Liszt’s works - Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2.
After Erika’s performances, we had an intermission and took this opportunity to celebrate Isao’s birthday. It fell on Sunday, that very day of the Meetup! Isao Nishida joined us since Meetup #14. Unfortunately, he was scheduled to return soon. He was a frequent sharer during the weekly Meetups and many Pianovers gained valuable knowledge from his sharing. He also participated in many events and the bond he established with fellow Pianovers went far and deep. To celebrate Isao’s birthday, Elyn brought along a birthday cake, which totally surprised Isao! All of us sang Happy Birthday happily, and cut the cake. Happy Birthday, Isao!
ThePiano.SG’s vision is to be the leader in connecting people in the piano community. Far from being just an online portal, ThePiano.SG conducts face-to-face events that allow pianists, piano music lovers and just about anybody related to the piano to meet, bond and network. Two months ago, Pianovers Meetup was featured in the Challenge magazine, the publication of the Public Service Division under the Prime Minister’s Office. It is then, truly, a feather in the cap when Pianovers Meetup has now been featured in the national daily, The Straits Times!
From South Korea, Jaeyong is in Singapore for holidays until December. A true piano enthusiast, he has been indulging himself in playing the piano during his stay here. Although Jaeyong is only here for a short period, he has formed a bond with Pianovers through Pianovers Meetup. We hope to know him better and that all of us are able to learn from one another and expand our knowledge.
Jonathan played Montagues and Capulets by Sergei Prokofiev. This was the first one in the Suite No. 2 from Romeo and Juliet, Op. 64ter, a ballet written by Sergei Prokofiev and based on William Shakespeare's play Romeo and Juliet. Interestingly, "Montagues and Capulets" was related to death, and was used as the Introduction of Act III, that was played after the fatal duel between Mercutio and Tybalt.
To coincide with the arrival of the Mid-Autumn Festival, Pianovers Meetup #51 was a mooncake-themed one. Held at the residence of Junn, one of our Pianovers, this was a special event that saw people arriving in their traditional attire. In the spirit of the Mid-Autumn Festival, some Pianovers arrived with mooncakes. Others came with presents and red packets for Junn’s newborn, Beatrice. We Pianovers would like to thank Junn for her kind hospitality and for being such a wonderful host!
Jonathan performed his original composition, Heisō (並走) - Japanese for “running in parallel” or in a different context, “mutual fate”. This song was inspired by a scene where two star-crossed lovers boarded two trains that ended up running parallel to each other. This created a fleeting, haunting moment of eye contact between the lovers. Jonathan's piece would tell the story of the lovers’ parallel, almost-identical lives and lamentable truth that they would never meet again. Jonathan creatively expressed this by using, in his words, “the thematic 7ths to evoke a feeling of ‘near yet impossible completion’”.