October 20, 2013

Unique Tones of Composers

Even though each composer impresses the same processes, each one has a unique sound. “I respect every composer and their style,” says Tomoko.

Tomoko suggests Bach as a good composer for younger students because of his structure and use of chords. “He was very mathematical.”

Tomoko notes how Bartok’s compositions often built on folk music, particularly Rumanian folk dances. The communal spirit of dance responds to the spirit of the music. “Music and dance are natural parts of human community celebrations such as weddings.”

“I like Schubert. He is peaceful, and his quality of tone is memorable,” remarks Tomoko.

Similarly, “Chopin is very quiet. You hardly touch the keyboard, but he was a good pianist,” Tomoko advices, “Chopin’s Etude  Opus 25/ #1 and #2  is good to give to young  pianists. They can enjoy the melody first.” As for herself, I have been playing Chopin’s Nocturne Opus 27 #2 all my life. It’s a great piece for weddings, and I always play it for encores.”

“ In contrast, Liszt has lots of action,” Tomoko says. “Interestingly, Liszt was a very religious man,“ says Tomoko. She adds, “ Liszt didn’t find his inspiration in nature; instead, he focused on man’s creations and imagination.”

“Beethoven’s strength was also internal, but he was very human in his approach,” notes Tomoko. “His emotions were strong inside, and his mind could orchestrate.” She continues, “Consider his Fidelio; it is very powerful, but it is all balanced. “

Tomoko’s favorite composer is Mozart. “I could play a piece of his twenty times.” She adds, “I have a natural feeling about Mozart. His music is so beautiful, and bridges this life and the next.”  

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