A gorgeous sunny evening like this one deserves an uplifting, joyful soundtrack. I’m listening to Schubert’s Fifth Symphony right now!The writing in this piece has a youthful elegance that makes it very Mozart-esque.
Lorin Maazel (!!!) conducts the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
Sunny days like these remind me of Beethoven’s Violin Sonata No.5, commonly known as the Spring Sonata. It’s so light and airy~
Performed by Itzhak Perlman & Vladimir Ashkenazy
This article in the New Yorker has some really interesting points. Although it’s written by a former grad student in the humanities, I think (life) science students will also benefit from reading it!
- “Grad school will shape your schedule, your interests, your reading, your values, your friends. Ultimately, it will shape your identity. That makes it difficult to know, in advance, whether you’ll thrive, and difficult to say, afterward, what you would have been like without it.”
- “If you’re an undergrad, then most of the grad students you know are hopeful about their careers, and all of the professors you know are successful; it’s a biased sample.”
- “A long period of years, with its vast range of experiences and incidents, simply can’t be judged all at once.”
- “Without having the experience itself, [you] cannot even have an approximate idea as to what it is like to have that experience. That’s because you won’t just be having the experience; the experience will be changing you.”
Here, have some Prokofiev! This is his Classical Symphony (Symphony No.1), played by the Danmarks Radio SymfoniOrkestret under Thomas Søndergård.
… the flute part in the 4th moment is auywtejkaesdfgerrhjqw.
"He stared up at the stars: and it seemed to him then that they were dancers, stately and graceful, performing a dance almost infinite in its complexity. He imagined he could see the very faces of the stars; pale, they were, and smiling gently, as if they had spent so much time above the world, watching the scrambling and the joy and the pain of the people below them, that they could not help being amused every time another little human believed itself the center of its world, as each of us does."
"This will be our reply to violence: to make music more intensely, more beautifully, more devotedly than ever before."
Schubert’s Arpeggione Sonata - arranged for Cello and Piano
Performed by Yo-Yo Ma & Emanuel Ax
Art Is Everywhere…
…Finding it is up to you.
Vancouver Symphony Orchestra’s 2013/2014 season
I didn’t think it was possible to cram so many awesome pieces into one season. Time permitting, I am going to try and catch as many of these concerts as possible! :)
- Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.5 “Emperor”
- Tchaikovsky: Symphony No.1 “Winter Dreams”
- Dvorak: Violin Concerto in A minor
- Mahler: Symphony No.9
- Mozart: Piano Concerto No.27
- Beethoven: Symphony No.6 “Pastoral”
- Beethoven: Symphony No.9
- Chopin: Piano Concerto No.1
- Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade
- Bruch: Scottish Fantasy
- Bach: Concerto for Two Violins
- Dvorak: Serenade for Strings in E major
- Mussorgsky/Ravel: Pictures at an Exhibition
And you thought I was finished. I haven’t even mentioned the best part yet!! The VSO’s 2014 Spring Festival features Rachmaninoff. *Commence arm-flailing.* I wouldn’t miss it for the world.
- Rachmaninoff: Symphony No.2
- Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto #2
- Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto #3
- Rachmaninoff: Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini
a welcome distraction.
What I should be doing right now: working on my humongous neurobiology review paper on spinocerebellar ataxia (the disease featured in 1 Litre of Tears!) that’s worth 45% of my course mark.
What I’m actually doing right now: playing Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask on my new 3DS ʘ‿ʘ
"I do not want people to be very agreeable, as it saves me the trouble of liking them a great deal."