What’s Up With That?

Just in the last couple of years we’ve started seeing many, many examples of extremely young musicians playing at an extremely high level. This particular one, though … wow! She plays with wit and verve and power, and you can see that she understands the contours and dynamics of the piece she’s playing.
How is this possible? Has humanity made a giant evolutionary leap? I can’t see any other explanation, unless you want to go with mass reincarnation as a possibility. Which I guess boils down to the same thing! Hmmm …

Alexandra Dovgan – Felix Mendelssohn, Concerto for Piano No.1 in G Minor, Op.25

Watch the 10 year old Alexandra Dovgan – Felix Mendelssohn, Concerto for Piano No.1 in G Minor, Op.25 at the Grand Piano Competition 2018

Posted by Ludwig van Beethoven on Saturday, November 24, 2018

And A Holy Hush Fell Over the World

It’s getting cold here in the mountains. Soon we’ll have a bit of snow, or maybe a lot of snow, and we’ll enjoy the warmth of hearth and home. It will be quiet outside as the snow falls softly. Christmas is coming.

The stable and the manger represent another kind of hearth and home, and a deeper sense of anticipation. Can you feel it? Can you see it? Picture this:

There’s an inn in a tiny village in a far country, a long time ago. The weather may be warm or cold, we don’t really know. What we do know is that the sky is extraordinarily clear and open, and that something profoundly important is about to happen.

The quiet starry night sets a scene of hushed expectation as we await the birth of a child. There are many participants, each with an important part to play, and they are journeying, converging, preparing or just quietly waiting: the shepherds, the angels, the wise men, the inn keeper, the animals, the king, the parents and the child.

The world is listening, trembling with expectation, preparing for joy.  Soon, soon. Are you ready?