Catapulting into Classical

A headlong leap into music, history, and composing

Haiku Wednesday: Träumerei

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“It’s been overplayed!”
True.  That doesn’t mean it’s bad.
Be still, and listen.

There are pieces of music that occasionally, through no fault of their own, become afflicted with popularity.   They become the thing that must be performed, or learned.  And you start to think that you may need to scream if you hear it one.more.time.

Take a breath, it’s OK.  Sure, you could be patient and wait for it to fall out of favor again, which it eventually will, contenting yourself with eye rolling and smirks.


Or you could listen more deeply.  Focus on the non-obvious melody line, the phrasing, even the silences.  You may hear something you missed before.

Try it with Robert Schumann’s Träumerei from Kinderszenen.  I hope you will find something new, or at least savor a few minutes with an old friend.


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