Do I want to play it or can I play it because no
only ways to describe a song
- goes hard
- is a bop / banger / jam
- Screams Gay Rights
TIL Beethoven won a sight reading piano competition by turning his sheet music upside down, playing it, then improvising on one of its themes for thirty minutes. His opponent, Daniel Steibelt, never returned to challenge him again.
He didn’t just turn his sheet music upside down, his sheet music was Daniel Steibelts discarded sheets. Which he then played in a reverse order.
Just imagine being in a rap battle where your opponent just says everything you say but backwards, picks one of your lines and builds an entire new verse off this one line and then raps for a half an hour from that one line. I’d never come back either.
Yoshimatsu – Lullaby in Celestial Night, from Pleiades Dances IX (2001)
The Pleiades Dances suites are non-specific pieces of music. There is no need to play them in order, nor is there any overarching story or idea being presented. Yoshimatsu has said not to take his poetic titles too seriously. The idea of the suites was to play around with rhythms, harmonies, and modal music. The name at best can make us think of the stars, and yeah, maybe It’s wrong of me to stretch and say that music is trying to “mean” something, but this music makes the piano sound like starlight. It’s a really pretty piece that lets you get lost in the glittering notes. And maybe it’s sappy but this does have a kind of melancholic feeling, like you can’t help but think of disappointments in your past, or things that you still have to get over. As the stars turn around the night sky, so will everything else change over time, and you have to learn to let go.
Pianist: Kyoko Tabe