Friday, September 02, 2005

Musical Order

Beethoven's Fur Elise
"Music creates order out of chaos: for rhythm imposes unanimity upon the divergent, melody imposes continuity upon the disjointed, and harmony imposes compatibility upon the incongruous".
~ Yehudi Menuhin
This is one of my favorite piano solos, Nyssa's too. She performed this piece in her piano recital when she was seven; yes, all of it. Her little hands couldn't quite reach the octaves needed so some fingering had to be changed, but she really was magnificent.

I love the sounds of a symphony, so many different types of instruments: violins, violas, bass, oboe, flute, french horn, kettle drum, trombone, cello, piano, clarinet and others. Before a performance the musicians warm up playing scales or occasionally a tune; every instrument playing something different at the same time. A cacophony of sounds, discord, sometimes quite unpleasant to the ear. Yet let the conductor raise his baton and begin his direction and those same musicians play in harmonies and melodies, intricately woven together in a complete tapestry of sound; sound that can soothe, calm and uplift the soul. All it takes is direction; all it takes is order.

Submission to Photo Friday topic "order". (end of post)

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