Until mid afternoon, Monday was one of those days that made me think that all was right with the world. My car is working (after 3000 pln cash-in-hand to the mechanic for a “big job”), in this time of work scarcity, there seems to be enough money in the bank to survive May and a little beyond, the Minister of Culture wants to discuss music education and Waldemar Dabrowski already has. Yes, as I set off from home on my cycle, I had a distinct feeling that all was right with the world. So strong was the feeling that I even crossed myself to preserve it.
Watch me as the subject of MAUREEN MURRAY’s road movie documentary“MAGNIFICAT”, a passionate and active advocate of music in education.
For the latest news on the absurd Chinese piano marathon, please look at page 9 of today`s Gazeta Wyborcza Stoleczna section. Hehe!
From the paper that is heavily advertising the benefits of having 200 Chinese children exhibit their pianistic dexterity on poor Chopin`s music, on Chinese made Polish pianos, in open-air Warsaw, in August (with 1.5 million pln of public money from the Ministry of “Culture” plus private sponsorship) we have the following in the April edition: “…the Chopin celebration was attended by Piotr Anderszewski, who played pieces by Bach,Beethoven and Schumann that he apparently felt most at home with. Anderszewski did not risk playing Chopin because he probably never aspired to succeed in such repertoire. Even though A`s musical intelligence is impressive, his skills, especially his limited range of technique, could be a serious obstacle.” Now, if you don`t know who Piotr Andreszewski is, I suggest you Google him to find out. Without a shadow of doubt, he is the most prominent Polish pianist of the last 20 years though, it must be stated, he has rather turned his back on Poland and its nasty little cliques or “salons”, as they call them here. Suffice it to say, his recordings of Chopin have been highly praised by the top London critics and newspapers.