Weather update, Sunday, Dec. 18: We will have class today. See you there!
Weather update, Friday, Dec. 16: I do plan to have class on Sunday, Dec. 18. But if the weather changes and I have to cancel, I will post a notice here and Classic Pianos will post signs at the store. Thank you for your understanding.
The music for our next class nicely matches December’s storms and tempests. On Dec. 18, we will explore how composers write, both literally and metaphorically, about storms, wind, rain and gloom.
But, we will also enjoy sunrises and morning sun. Remember morning sun? We will luxuriate in a gorgeous daybreak in “Daphnis et Chloe” by Maurice Ravel. From silence, arises the murmur of a brook, fed by dew trickling over rocks. The opening is a marvel of orchestral warmth and light.
We will end the class in sunlight, too, with the lyrical sunrise in “Peer Gynt” by Edvard Grieg.
Inbetween, we will enjoy Claude Debussy's brilliant playing of his own “Gardens in the Rain,” and shiver in the frozen silence of winter in the final song of “Winterreise” by Franz Schubert.
At midnight in a desolate, inn, we will shudder at thunder and lightning as Rigoletto waits to avenge his doomed daughter in Verdi’s masterpiece. And we will hear perhaps the greatest storm in music, from majestic “Alpine” Symphony by Richard Strauss.
Join us at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 18, Classic Pianos, 3003 SE Milwaukie at Powell Blvd. $20 at the door; 503-546-5622 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
David Stabler is a pianist, writer, dad and cyclist. He's working on a novel based on his childhood years living in Africa and just finished riding across America with his brother this summer.