I always listen to classical music, especially piano, when I am writing, and there are always something that I notice about each and every composers. They are distinctive characteristics, but that is how I feel towards their music. First, Tchaikovsky’s works are like a book. A fairy-tale, to be specific. His first piano concerto is grand and marvelously-crafted; his fortes and crescendos always reminds me of huge castles and fire-breathing dragons. Debussy’s works are pieces of poems. (I am listening to Debussy while writing this) Arabesque, Clair de Lune, and La Fille Aux Cheveux De Lin are just perfect example of this. When I’m listening to La Fille Aux Cheveux De Lin, it feels like I am sitting on the summer’s end, watching the setting sun splash on the field of wheat, the glow painting the world into a golden hue. I’ve listened to Beethoven’s Pathetique Sonata, the 2nd movement in one of my hardest moments, so I have a better picture in my mind. The world is dampened by endless barrage of raindrops. The world is dark and cold, not a single breath of warmth can be felt. And there you are, tired and weary-hearted, calling for me downstairs with a slightly tattered umbrella in your hand. Simply put, it’s like a tiny hope blooming in the dark. I do like Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana: Intermezzo Sinfonico very, very much. Each note is beautiful, heartwarming, it somehow reminds me of two lovers, having separately travelled through their lives for decades, meets each other. The notes ascending are like accumulation of years they have endured without meeting each other, the emotions they have hidden. Ah, how can I forget Liszt’s Liebestraum? Liszt used lyrics from poems by Ludwig Uhland and Ferdinand Freiligrath. The third one, O Lieb, is the most popular, and also my favorite. To end this post, I’d like to recommend Chopin’s Valse No 6 D flat major op 64 No 1 Minuten-Walze, and Rachmaninoff’s second piano concerto.    (And all the other pieces I have listed in my post)


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