Thursday, June 27, 2013

Piano Recital


Last weekend was Eliza's end of year piano recital.  She played Bohemian Rhapsody by Freddy Mercury (Queen).  It is an incredibly difficult song, filled with accidentals and she has only been playing for about 1 1/2 years.  She had to work very hard to learn it, but she did!  

As soon as she began, the entire audience, from the little kids squirming on the front row to the older grandpas trying not to fall asleep, perked up.  Several people hummed along, a few quietly directed with their hands or feet.  Everyone was alert and enjoying her fantastic performance.

Enter Uncle Daniel.


He sat like this through most of the recital, totally disinterested.  He loves Bohemian Rhapsody, though, so I expected him to react to her.  As Eliza played, there was no reaction.  For two whole bombastic pages, there was no reaction.  Then, as if from a fog, he lifted his head, smiled and pointed at Eliza.  "HEY!" he declared.  When she was done, Daniel stood up and gave her a standing ovation.  Slow to catch on, but such a great audience!

Funny girl after her resounding success.
Roses from thoughtful Aunt Mollie.
It was a great night for her.  She is a quiet and even-tempered girl, but when she sits at the piano, she is a different person altogether.  I love to watch her play because she uses her entire body to perform.  

Now to find another song to inspire her in the same way . . .

1 comment:

  1. Waterfall by Jon Schmidt. For real!!! She will love it. Everyone taps along. Difficult but doable. Free PDF below -

    http://www.jonschmidt.com/catalog/samples/pdfs/volume_1/waterfall.pdf

    He is completely serious about the fingering. You can hear the song at www.jonschmidt.com - I wish he would pay me for advertising by having a concert somewhere (anywhere) that I was visiting at the right time.

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