Saturday, December 30, 2006

What a Woman.

Imagine a child of six sitting on a hard wooden piano bench. The sounds produced when the child bangs on the keys are annoying, if not ominous to a good night's sleep. From this mental image, one could not imagine the musical future of this child or the masterpieces she would create.

It is now ten years later, and said child has learned the ways of the piano. She flew through Levels 1, 2, 3,4, and 5 throughout the years and performed at numerous recitals. She skipped over to Schuman, Willis-Clementi, Chopin, and Mozart. So what? There are millions of children who can pass five levels of piano. Millions of children can play Mozart. What is so special about this one? From the years of banging on keys, even she herself could not imagine what was in store for her. She hadn't any idea where music would take her, if anywhere, until fall of 2004.

She had recently switched piano teachers (just for something new) and this teacher was geared towards song-writing. Song writing? Surely the thought had crossed her mind, but could it be done? Could a girl of 14 compose? She was faced with a challenge: arrange a multi-part christmas medley to be played by her cousins. Coming from a musical family, she had enough players to cover oboe, flute, trumpet, and clarinet. Let the writing begin.

Hours she spent upon that bench, pencil and composition paper in hand, arranging the medley and placing each note with care. Months later, when the final product was finished, she found herself with her first masterpiece: A Christmastime Medley.

A month after Christmas, another masterpiece was produced. This one was named by the girl's grandmother: A Happy Day in May. This unique composition for piano blended two very distinct genres. She took a happy-go-lucky tune, split in in two, and slapped a waltz right in the middle. The result? Stunning.

The next year, she recieved song-writing software for Christmas. There, she had the ability to compose for instruments she did not even play, for instance, the contrabass cello. She composed a solo for contrabass cello in Spring of 2006 called Kirchhof-Nebel. Another amazing masterpiece.

The legend continues. As a matter of fact, she composed her latest piano work yesterday. A work in progress, but progress none the less.

As a child of six, she had no idea what kind of talent would burst out of her. She is very proud of herself, as is her family, and will remain composing until her dying day.


1 comment:

Chris (Krissy Latte) said...

congrats. i'll have to hear some of the stuff you've composed. i could use some songwriting software myself. so many ideas in my head but without the instrumental skill to pull them out!