Prelude to the Piano: A Poem
To Know the Piano is to Understand Music
The Piano Opened the Gate to My Musical Journey and My Life
The piano has not only been a source of musical knowledge for me, but it has also taught me about life itself. My introduction to this amazing instrument began at the ripe old age of 6 and the piano and I became close friends. With my very first piano lesson, I would release my emotions even with the simplest of pieces.
As I sat for hours, at the piano, practicing scales, these musical ladders became not just notes to play but a pathway to nature or a beautiful distraction from the abusive mouth of my mother on a bad day.
The piano opened the gate to my musical journey that was to influence my life from that day on. Little did I know that I would one day become a professional pianist and support three children with the money I brought in from teaching piano and performing on cruise lines and an array of other venues.
I studied the classical works of such composers as Bach, Beethoven, Chopin, Ravel, Mozart, Schubert and a host of other masters of the pianoforte. These artists became my heroes and personal friends as I read one biography after another.
I cried as I learned of their own abuse, struggles, and hurdles they overcame. These great composers taught me the meaning of perseverance and dedication. My character was formed between the pages of impossible musical passages to scale and perfect.
I kneel down with gratitude and humility to this amazing instrument and the possibilities still awaiting within it's heartstrings.
Prelude to the Piano
Embedded within the black and whites
Sweet music claims my soul
A ladder of melodious passages
Yet to be complete
Webbed by the touch of human weakness
Still sprinkled with determination
Masters compositions revealing bold genius
Waiting to rise once more
Voices declare both pain and joy
Where painted notes meet eager fingers
And life begins again
The storytellers form life's experience
"Touch me" cries the lonely piano
"Breath life into my empty shell
Give me wings that I might fly
Bless my strings with prayers of sound"
Floating sound waves embrace all mankind
Medieval scores not notes but neumes
Melodic figures rise and fall
Gregorian chant, the Latin's gift
A caravan of colors bring forth kinesthetic imagery
Emerging eyes of harmonies
Reveal musics deepest structures
Intertwined patterns transform the human heart
The piano plays no wrong notes
It's body made by forests
A golden harp of musical strings
Mirror my spirit, thoughts, and needs
Eighty-eight keys to fill the universe with breath of life
A million colors release cosmic voices between each key
The planets music, comets glow
Beloved by the multitudes
Releasing passion, immerse the soul
Rich, diverse and wonderful
Strengthens ability to listen deeply
The shaping of the invisible
Chopin Nocturnes, intimate compositions
Suffuse the soul with moonlight
Beethoven's ninth celebrates the brotherhood of man
Awe-inspiring transformation of darkness to light
Jewel-like piano pieces
Unique miniature characterization
Explosive, incendiary, compellingly rhythmic
Patterns of tension and release
The music leads the listener along a path
Motion, stillness, melodic highs and lows
Leading to musical expectations, surprises, and fulfillment.
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Questions & Answers
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