1/20/2021 Musicale Notes by Tom Slavicek

Musicale - Wednesday, January 20, 2021

A beautiful winter's day in Georgia greeted our second Musicale for 2021. We had 6 participants today and we missed all others who could not be with us. A special moment of celebration for us is the birth of Shoko's second child, Emma, yesterday. Congratulations!


Our performers today brought a variety of "virtuosic" pieces composed by Chopin, Mozart and Schuman/Liszt. Before the music began each of us introduced ourselves to our newest member, Tim Anderson.


Judy Darst (living in Colorado) started us off with her interpretation of Rodrigo's (1901-1999) "Rustica" from 3 Spanish Dances. A charming short piece played wonderfully with expression and warmth. She followed it with Mozart (1756-1791) Sonata K330, 1st movement. She brought out the clarity of the piece, dynamics and maintained a light legato so much required of performers of Mozart's music.


Utako came next with Widmung by Schumann/Liszt (1810-1856/1811-1886). Another piece that was made technically virtuosic by Liszt's editing. A beautiful "romantic love song" interpreted with passion and feeling.


Tim Anderson is our newest member to the GMG family He is a retired Technologist with a music performance degree. He attended Wheaton Conservatory in Chicago and is currently living in Texas. He brought us Chopin's (1810-1849) Etude Op. 10 No. 4. One of Chopin's most difficult etudes (they're ALL difficult) Tim kept up a good tempo and brought out the tricky melodic line imbedded within the harmonics. Tim rendered a spirited performance.


Tom Slavicek

7 views0 comments

Recent Posts

See All

Johnson & Johnson's COVID-19 vaccine

Johnson & Johnson's COVID-19 vaccine is likely to be approved soon. This vaccine is like the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines in that it presents genetic instructions to human cells to make cor

Is this for the birds?

I am listening to an interview from the Institute of Sacred Arts of St. Vladimir's Orthodox Seminary in New York. David Rothenburg, philosopher/clarinetist/composer, shares his thoughts about some of

Professional Music Organizations

Yesterday's discussion on Competitions was blended with other musical pursuits and organizations and as the acronyms were being tossed around I think there was some confusion. Those of us who have mad