The Piano

August 22, 2007 at 10:44 am (Italy, music, studies)

Whilst sitting in Piazza Bodoni with the Verdi Music Conservatoire behind me, I could here someone playing a gorgeous piece of piano music, which reminded me of my quest to find more music. The piece was ‘The Heart Asks the Pleasure First’ by Michael Nyman, which was written for the film The Piano. So, I decided to start my broadening of musical horizons with Michael Nyman and spent the day trawling through videos on YouTube and listening to various pieces. I am absolutely in love with ‘The Heart Asks the Pleasure First’ and probably listened to it about 20 times in a row! It’s one of the most calming and thought provoking pieces of music I’ve listened to in a long time. Yes, it is very romantic and all very melodic and dissonances are rare but in my opinion this is nothing to be frowned upon; it’s just a really well written piece of music. Have a listen. This is a video of the piece with some clips from the film-enjoy.


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