Look, I know nobody on Tumblr cares about classical music. But I’ve still got to try.
This is Charles-Valentin Alkan’s scherzo focoso, op. 34. Alkan is a contemporary of Liszt whose music is more difficult and more catchy, and who had the terrible fate of becoming an unknown because people were scared to play his music. He is, as of right now, my absolute favorite musician. This isn’t my favorite song of his, but this is distinctive for its difficulty - it’s quite possibly the most difficult piano piece in existence. There have been very few attempted performances of this piece. The recording here is one that was computer-aided: it was not actually performed. Nonetheless, it is an absolute thing of beauty.
Don’t have 8 minutes for a song? Spend 3 on his allegro barbaro, which is my absolute favorite of his melodies, as performed by Jack Gibbons, who is my absolute favorite Alkan interpreter. His hands are blinding, especially at the end. And the beautiful thing about it is that the melody requires that insane technicality. It’s not just needless flourish.
yay, a new tumblr to follow.
…that is a freaking hard piece to play cleanly and accurately. holy crap.
“Just say what you mean and mean what you say. Don’t expect someone to read your mind and don’t play games with heads or hearts. Don’t tell half truths and expect trust when the full truth comes out. Half truths are no better then lies. Don’t be cold to someone you care about; indifference hurts more than angry words.”—One of my favorite quotes. (via aliehs)
“If I’m feeling lonely, I don’t go looking for someone to be with to hide/fill out my loneliness, I’d rather be myself feeling lonely rather that being with someone and still feeling that same emptiness. That’s harder.”—
“To dream anything that you want to dream. That’s the beauty of the human mind. To do anything that you want to do. That is the strength of the human will. To trust yourself to test your limits. That is the courage to succeed.”—Bernard Edmonds (via thresca)
“If I’d ask you about love, you’d probably quote me a sonnet. But you’ve never looked at a woman and been totally vulnerable known someone that could level you with her eyes, feeling like God put an angel on earth just for you, who could rescue you from the depths of hell, and you wouldn’t know what it’s like to be her angel, to have that love for her, be there forever, through anything, through cancer. And you wouldn’t know about sleeping sitting up in the hospital room for two months, holding her hand, because the doctors could see in your eyes, that the terms “visiting hours” don’t apply to you. You don’t know about real loss, ‘cause it only occurs when you’ve loved something more than you love yourself.”—Sean Maguire, Robin Williams’ Character in Good Will Hunting
So, on my way to pick up some miscellaneous groceries, I decided to check if the laundry room had any open machines. It did, well kinda.
You see, on top of an open washing machine, were two asian kids, caught in the passion of the moment, having sex. I have no doubt as to the romantic atmosphere of the laundry room, but the irony and humor in this situation came from the fact that they were the more surprised party.
So, I’m going to be generous and give them an hour before going back down, to a different machine to do my laundry. At least they can be thankful that family tours never go through the laundry rooms, then they would really have had an audience.
“Nothing shapes your life more than the commitments you choose to make. Your commitments can develop you or they can destroy you, but either way, they will define you. Tell me what you are committed to, and I’ll tell you what you will be in twenty years. We become whatever we are committed to.”—
Rick Warren (The Purpose Driven Life) (via thresca)
Good choice for a quote. How about this for commitment: I am going to finally accomplish what others say I’m capable of, then continue on to do what I know I can do, knock it out of the park. This resolve I have rediscovered, it is encompassing the entirety of my life.
Thank you for being my guiding light, my hope, in some of my darkest times. You helped me stop defeating myself. You very well know who you are, and I cannot express how grateful I am for your presence in my life.
“I believe life is constantly testing us for our level of commitment, and life’s greatest rewards are reserved for those who demonstrate a never-ending commitment to act until they achieve. This level of resolve can move mountains, but it must be constant and consistent. As simplistic as this may sound, it is still the common denominator separating those who live their dreams from those who live in regret.”—
I’ve been questioning myself for too long now, when I already had known the answers. I am going to live up to my abilities, for my flame is rekindled and it will light my way.
Our day-to-day life is bombarded with fortuities or, to be more precise, with the accidental meetings of people and events we call coincidences. “Co-incidence” means that two events unexpectedly happen at the same time, they meet: Tomas appears in the hotel restaurant at the same time the radio is playing Beethoven. We do not even notice the great majority of such coincidences. If the seat Tomas occupied had been occupied by the local butcher, Tereza never would have noticed that the radio was playing Beethoven (though the meeting of Beethoven and the butcher would also have been an interesting coincidence). But her nascent love inflamed her sense of beauty, and she would never forget that music. Whenever she heard it, she would be touched. Everything going on around her at that moment would be haloed by the music and take on its beauty.
- Kundera, the Unbearable Lightness of Being
This Book is Utterly Fantastic. I am glad that other people are aware of this masterpiece.
“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma - which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”—