kate5kiwis: the thirteenth day of Christmas


“If you were all alone in the universe with no one to talk to, no one with which to share the beauty of the stars, to laugh with, to touch, what would be your purpose in life? It is other life, it is love, which gives your life meaning. This is harmony. We must discover the joy of each other, the joy of challenge, the joy of growth.” — Mitsugi Saotome

Sunday, December 13, 2009

the thirteenth day of Christmas

yesterday we watched, breathless, as Charlie held an audience of a hundred completely spellbound during his piano recital at the end of year piano/violin performance. we found his first 'real' piano teacher this year, and she is unbelievably intuitive: she introduced him to Ludovico Einaudi, who is, i think, a kindred spirit.

the music of composer/pianist Ludovico Einaudi has been described as minimalist, classical, ambient, contemporary and deeply touching - the welcome sound of stillness in a hectic world.

unfortunately i forgot to take the camera to the 'real' performance. this is a reenactment on the school piano this afternoon. Charlie said that yesterday's piano was "so friendly to play" but still, he gets completely lost in the music about half way through: it's magical. here he is, playing Ludovico Einaudi's Primavera (Spring)... and yes, the entire five minutes is played from memory:


Blogger Steve said...

Wow. Mind blowingly impressive.

10:51 PM  
Anonymous Jacinta said...

his music is haunting almost ... what a wonderful talent he is ;)

8:00 AM  
Blogger Hay said...



9:48 AM  
Blogger emily said...

wow that was amazing! :]
it gave me goosebumps, haha
piano music is my favorite <3

9:50 AM  
Anonymous Dee said...

*standing ovation*
i feel so peaceful after watching that. he has a fantastic intuitive touch while playing.

thanks for sharing

10:35 AM  
Anonymous rb said...

My son plays that piece too and I LOVE it. I think it is a boy's piece.

Absolutely fantastically beautiful.

I love watching their faces when they play the piano and get lost in the music - it is just so perfect somehow.

12:40 PM  
Anonymous Dai Watts said...

Thought you might enjoy Alpine Stream and Sarajevo Station, two minimalist piano pieces from the album Train Tracks and Travelogues Vol.1- http://tinyurl.com/mtkpfw
Best wishes x

12:57 AM  
Blogger Antipo Déesse said...

Charlie just started my day off beautifully! I feel GOOD now!

8:35 PM  
Anonymous Sarah said...

Charlie's playing is so beautiful and he has a lovely, sensitive touch. Thank you so much for sharing this and introducing me to Einaudi's music. I had to get it for myself straight away and am loving playing it. My daughter, Charli, loves listening to it too - and my Mum, all the way over in the UK, has just e-mailed me this morning to say how much she enjoyed watching Charlie play whilst she watching snow falling outside her window (I've popped a link on my blog to you as I really have been inspired - thank you so much!) x Sarah x

7:39 AM  
Blogger FaerySarah said...

came here through sarah's blog above.. so glad i did! wowzers! what a talent. absolutely breath taking. and gorgeous 'i'm done now mum' smile at the end. :-)

3:35 PM  
Anonymous Alina said...

Wow - your son has a wonderful talent, and what a beautiful piece of music. Thanks for sharing :)

2:45 PM  

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