Our son Matthias has been playing the piano for most of his life. He started plinking around on our little Fisher-Price purple toy piano when he was barely walking and began formal piano instruction at age 4. He immediately showed signs of aptitude or "talent" as most would say and we moved him to private lessons instead of the monotonous group lessons with which he began. This proved a good move for him and he progressed nicely and rapidly with a classical repertoire.
Since then we have had four moves, all requiring a switch in piano teachers, but thankfully the choices we have had available were more than satisfactory to continue his upward climb learning more difficult pieces and increasing his musicality. His current teacher (a guy who is an excellent accompanist & organist for a local parish we briefly attended) is more than exceptional and totally "gets" how Matthias works and thinks about piano. He has really improved his style and given him some wonderful pieces; some very challenging combined with some lighter fare to keep things interesting all the while building his skills, technicality and repertoire.
We just finished a joint recital put on by the younger boys' cello teacher who asked Matthias to play a piece as well (a Loure by Bach) and he also accompanied both his brothers; Sean-Paul played his first recital and Seamus (a seasoned recitalist) played a Bach Concerto together, we were naturally riveted and thrilled at this wonderous musical event!
Currently Matthias is working on a piece by Ravel that is very challenging, so we are meandering through some research on Ravel's life (found here) and ironically, the piece showcased is the one he is learning; "Pavane pour une infante defunte" (you can listen here.) We thought it was interesting to note that Ravel was greatly influenced by Erik Satie of which Matthias previously learned his Trois Gymnopdies, a lovely piece with three movements (listen here.)
I hope to upload a youtube clip of the recital piece soon, until then, what are you all doing for music appreciation these days? At chez Sweentess and Light it would be an odd day indeed if there were no music played.
Have a blessed day, I'm so glad your stopped by :)