Why "Legacy of Silence"?
Back in 2008, I was looking for a late Beethoven piano sonata with bold and driven quality to play, op.111 quickly got my attention.
With the privilege to work with one of the Beethoven experts Mr. Serkin, I found a new direction of playing. I remember I was so nervous everytime I had lesson with him, since it's a great challenge for oneself to expose every bit of sound and idea nakedly to a master. It was the beginning when I still have lots of doubts to this new piece. But this generous, patient, dedicated artist took a serious path to discuss every single note, and took out his Beethoven manuscript to compare the notation to the Henle edition that you heard in this concert. Non stop questioning. I was very moved by his approach. And the four hours long lesson doesn't seem long, I always feel joygul exhausted right after the lesson.
For 5 years, I waited for myself to completely digest and absorb the piece. With the nurishment of tough or easy life parts, finally I felt it's time to honorably, humbly to share this piece with the audience, a piece which I think might be the most exotic piano repertoire Beethoven ever wrote. He created the piece in the utermost slience. He wasn't satisfied with the piano that time, so you hear all these unbelievable design of sound. What was he thinking? Did he forseen something? 20th-century Jazz? Spiritual conversation to God or distant beloved that he never acquired? Longing for relief from a tough life maze?
A lonely but full soul.
Op.111 was the main reason I created this concert. Accompanied with Bach Chromatic Fantasia and Brahms op.24.
There are debates that Bach might not be the composer of this Chromatic Fantasia piece. Because they haven't found a manuscript yet, and some people thinks it's very unusual. The Fantasia is wild, it might not be comfortable to listen to since the whole piece is full of chromaticism. But it's Baroque right? I turly enjoy the improvisation part, it's like he left the performer some rooms to freely express oneself.
Most of Bach's compositions are set for church use. Was music the religious message he wants to convey silently? Rising chromaticism (A - B♭- B♮- C), a way of worshipping God and praying?
Brahms Op.24 is a birthday gift to Clara Schumann. A way of express affection silently through music?
I found silence powerful in many forms. Is there something you do/did in silence empower you?