We can compare enjoying music to eating. Pop and rock music are like fast food while classical music is like a formal dinner. Likewise, it is easy to cook fast food but will take skills to prepare a banquet. To enjoy classical music needs patience. To learn to play classical music even takes more time and efforts. Is classical music dying? There are two perspectives, said Benjamin Zander on “music and passion” (Ted Talk).
Learning to play classical music is a process of growing. Instead of impulse on every notes, we learn to play with impulse on every two notes, then on every four notes, then on every eight notes and finally on the whole phrase as we grow in age and gain skills. Benjamin used Mozart piano sonata K545 as an example to demonstrate this learning process. Continue reading “Learn to Enjoy and Play Classical Music”
Rock and pop songs are mostly short lyrical statements and hence friendly to the general public and easier to understand. The melody and rhythm stir the emotions of the listeners but only for a short span. In contrast, classical music demands analysis and patience. It invites the listeners to pay attention and to follow the music in searching for the meanings of the music through the interpretation of the performers. The art form of the classical music is complex and highly structured. This elegant and complex structure is the beauty of classical music.
This post is to share with the readers on the visualization of these beautiful structures. This short summary is intended as a first step to further explore various visualization technologies on classical music.