Beyond the Pathetique and the Moonlight; A companion to Beethoven’s Sonatas Part 2
Since Beethoven’s time, the face of music changed forever. Beethoven made it possible for one to break the traditions of music. And by casting away the dogmatic conventional approaches of music from the past, great composers after Beethoven (many of whom modeled their own compositions after Beethoven) carried on his legacy of musical innovation. Other composers too inspired others to push the boundaries of music and the cycle of inspiration goes on and on till present times. And true enough, the cycle will still continue; the music of today: Pop, Rap etc. will irrevocably inspire a new music movement.
Pianovers Meetup #67 Digest
While Janice’s performance was going on, Pianovers present noticed bubbles floating around The URA Centre’s premises. It turned out that Jenny had brought a bubble gun and was spraying bubbles out of sight of Pianovers! It was a surreal experience to have bubbles floating freely around the Pianovers just when a song about peace and hope was played. This thrilled not just children like Gwen and I-Wen but also adults. A really magical experience!
Pianovers Meetup #66 Digest
Brandon, one of our youngest members, played "If You're Happy and You Know It". Although Brandon is young, he was most comfortable facing a crowd of adults. Pianovers who were present instantly felt a rapport with him and did not hesitate to lend him their support. The only reminder that he was, after all, a boy, came when he clutched his Pikachu soft toy at the end of the performance. That aside, we could all instantly identify with Brandon! Check out how he engaged the audience, and displayed amazing showmanship!
The Intriguing Relationship Between Music and Wine
For decades, researchers have been studying the relationships between music and wine. They have been putting through various tests, if only to formalise what lay people – and wine merchants - have been saying all these years – that good music does make wine taste better. Does magic happen when we put the all-important music and well-craved wine together?
Pianovers Meetup #65 Digest
After Herman performed "Tale As Old As Time" from Beauty and The Beast, Yong Meng recounted that Belle and the Beast who were initially very different, come together against all odds, learn to change each other for the better, and share a life together. Yong Meng also believes that this kind of love can also be found in ThePiano.SG’s community. There is a wide diversity of people in the community - from young to old, with very different backgrounds. Even the genres of songs we play are also very different. However, we can still come together, against all odds, and walk on this learning journey together because of our common love and passion for the piano. Let us hope that Pianovers’ bond will be as timeless as love!
Interview with Michelle SgP: Launch of Multiplicity Album
Michelle SgP is a multi-talented musician. She hails from Singapore but has the unique ability to create her own style that resonates with global listeners. She has just released her most ambitious project, Multiplicity. This album is the product of working in close coordination with up to 68 individuals, from their 20s to their 70s, in multi-genres spanning 10 nationalities. It records the essence of her travels over the years as she sourced for inspiration and the right people to put the album together.
Pianovers Meetup #64 Digest
In a departure from the usual Sunday meeting held at Piano Park @ URA Centre, Pianovers Meetup #64 was held not only on a Saturday but also at a special venue. Also, Pianovers Gee Yong and David shared about how Pianovers Meetups have built a very close-knit community of piano lovers over the past year and a half, and have fostered priceless friendships and allowed members to make friends with like-minded people. When one is with a group of very passionate piano lovers, one does feel a sense of belonging to this community! And it is by being part of this community that makes learning the piano a lot more fun!
Ludwig van Beethoven
One instrumental development in Beethoven’s reign was the development of piano music and hence, the development of his piano sonatas. It is in my opinion that it is in these 32 that we see a beautiful series, each sonata carrying a crucial role in the evolution of music. And if we ever compare the 1st and 32nd sonata he wrote, it would seem that 2 different people have composed them.
Pianovers Meetup #63 Digest
Pianovers were delighted to hear an original composition by Jaeyong, as a farewell gesture. He will be leaving on 19 Dec, two days after this Meetup. Jaeyong had come to Singapore because he had wanted to join Pianovers Meetup. Since he appeared at Meetups, he has made many piano friends, and has even participated in our new initiative Pianovers Connect. All of us here at ThePiano.SG will miss Jaeyong. Hope to see you back in Singapore and join Pianovers Meetup again very soon!
Christmas Carols
As Christmas approaches once again, it is time to reflect upon the meaning of the season. There is no better way to do this than to immerse oneself in Christmas carols. These carols, typically performed by church choirs, have captivated people’s attention for ages. Although listeners are mesmerised by these beautiful pieces, it is also interesting to learn about their origins. Here are some of the popular Christmas carols that have accompanied us since we started celebrating Christmas.