Styling Inspiration for Side Tables

When it comes to interior design, don’t sideline your side tables. These furnishings are not merely places for the remote, a stray magazine, or a cup of coffee. Rather, they are integral pieces for creating visual interest, providing a balanced look, and juxtaposing different stylistic themes. To get you started on creating a well-styled table, […]

Beethoven

Beethoven’s hearing loss was gradual, but he never gave up playing the piano. By 1814, however, he couldn’t hear anything and gave his last performance with the piece “Piano Trio, No. 7.” I can feel his desperation when I listen to this music, and I ask myself, “Have I ever been so desperate about something […]

La Foila

La Foila means “madness.” Jean-Baptiste Lully was the first composer to formalize this style of composition in the mid-Baroque era, and other composers followed with variation symphonies. Even though this is Baroque music, the style is ‘madness’ compared to traditional compositional methods. The trio in this video are harpsichord, Baroque violin and viola da gamba, […]

Schumann

Robert Schumann, composer and music critic, wrote as a critic under two pseudonyms: Eusebius and Florestan. Eusebius appears to be sensitive while Florestan is impetuous. In “Fantasiestücke Op. 12,” which consists of eight pieces for piano, Schumann reflects these two personalities, repeatedly contrasting and harmonizing. Think about what someone with both facets would be like […]

Schubert

I must not show my tears flowing; I just restrain myself, mourning within my heart. Then my confidence is restored, and I display my brilliant techniques. Soon, though, I hang my head in shyness and want to run away to the back row in my embarrassment. Nevertheless, I guess Schubert’s music has become a comfort […]

chubert’s Arpeggione

Among Schubert’s compositions is one called “Arpeggione Sonata.” Nowadays, musicians play this piece on a cello; however, when the music was originally composed, it was played on the arpeggione, which looks like a cello with six strings. Can you think of any instrument that has six strings? Right, the guitar. Playing the arpeggione is like […]

Poulenc

Francis Poulenc belonged to Les Six who composed music in the avant-garde and surrealistic style, yet his music is not mysterious or difficult to understand. His melodies are fine and beautiful, light and free. They are attractive because they evoke a few tears. Even though “Nocturne” was inspired by night, I usually listen to this […]

Haydn

“When you see a gentleman dressed up in a suit, don’t you think he’s cool? When you see a lady who is dressed in a suit, in a simple way without too many accessories, don’t you think she’s cool? They seem restrained, but they certainly look tidy and professional. This grace and style we refer […]