Monday, October 06, 2008
I enjoy Chopin. I heard a song tonight that was a study on one of Chopin's Etudes, essentially a study on a study. Apparently the composer didn't find Chopin's original work challenging enough, so he made them more complicated. Adrienne Rich has a poem entitled "Transcendental Etude," which we studied in my Silence in Modern Literature course. Although the decreationist tone in the poem is critical of adept, practiced performers, there's still an appreciation of the significance of musical thought hidden in the text. Or maybe I just want there to be an appreciation. Whatever the case, that poem always makes me want to play Chopin.
Posted by Brent D. Chappelow at 10:36 PM