Thursday, February 17, 2011

Bach: Prelude No.21, BWV866

My wife is getting back into her piano studies again after a 5 year hiatus. I've always been envious of her playing abilities, because although I play guitar, I was never classically trained, so I've always considered myself as a bit of a hack musician. I've "invented" my own theories and scales, and although I might get away with it on certain styles of music, as soon as I step out of my comfort zone, I utterly fail.

Today she was practicing some Bach, especially after watching Glenn Gould playing his interpretation of Bach's Prelude and Fugue XXI. He is an amazing performer, and a quirky character as well, which only adds to his charm. He sits low on an old chair his father modified for him when he was young, and he's used that same chair even as he performed as an adult. But because he's had it since childhood, he sits way too low when playing!! It's interesting seeing a genius go against many of the "rules" in the very structured world of classical piano, even as something as basic and mundane as sitting posture and position!! He did other weird things during his performances, but you'll have to look it up yourself....but I think it makes him more of a rock star in my books!!

So my wife was practicing Bach, and I decided to whip out my dusty DSLR and take some shots. It's only a 6.2MP, but with what I'm shooting, it's more than enough, especially with the lenses I have. I think this is probably my first entry of DSLR pictures on my blog.... I'm pretty sure.

I love my wife's intensity when she plays, and I love the way her hands dance over the keys. It's really hard to capture in a still image, but I tried my best......

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