Mitsuko Uchida talking about her experience with Arnold Schoenberg’s piano music. Including a rehearsal of the Piano Concerto op. 42 (conducted by Jeffrey Tate).
Video Rating: 4 / 5
Western tonality wasn’t codified until the Baroque era—so is everything before that not music? Come to think of it, are blues, raga, and gamelan not music either?
“there is nothing but dissonance and sheer dissonance is a kind of organized chaos.“
Call is music, call it noise, it doesn’t matter: that sounds pretty goddamn exciting if you ask me.
Why would anyone want to learn it? There is no such thing as atonal music– it is a contradiction in terms. Without a tonal context– even if the tonal music is pushed to its limit as with Wagner’s Tristan– there is nothing but dissonance and sheer dissonance is a kind of organized chaos.
As much as I love Schoenberg and know better than to ask this but: whenever someone talks about screwing up wildly atonal music I just always think ” Awww, no one can tell anyway.”
She looks like a simple, funny, passionate, attaching woman.
@utubuser10 Her carisma, her elegance, confident.…the passion and tenderness…there are many reasons for finding her sexy and falling in love with her
People like this… They gotta be like the smartest people in the world.. She sounds like she understands not just music, but life, completely.
I just love that facial expression at 5:40!!!! It’s like, “I’m showing off!!!”
She talks like a Schoenberg concerto
I wanna se Her playing Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No.3
and Chopin piano Concerto No.1 there is not any recording of those concertos is so frustrating
I have never been so enthralled with a person, she is more than fantastic, her knowledge is beyond belief!!
What a wonderful person.
That’s “aggregate succession”- the salient sound of serial music (row after tone row in different forms…O, I5, R7, etc). It’s a wonderful piece!
Paying the row by itself is a rather “old school” gesture for serial composers. The row is a source of harmonic entities that will appear during the aggregate suggestion of the music itself. It means no more than a minor scale played before the G-minor symphony.
During composition of this symphony, Schoenberg’s student, George Tremblay, encounaged the maestro to re-introduce the octave and (0,3,7) trichord into motivic positions that made the concerto more distinctive.
she plays debussy like nobody
Again and again how marvelous is Uchida Mitsuko. This piece is a master class on composition, and what master class! I would have liked it to be a full day on the web!!!!
But what surprises and amazes me most viewing the various postings in Youtube is her passion and energy. So communicative. How happy does she look, and passionate!
I love her expression at 5:40 when she plays the original and inverted tone rows together… It’s like, “I’m showing off, haha”
seriously, that is pretty hard to do, play two tone rows together like that at that speed without errors. (at least…i don’t think there were errors…)
@shibadoggie11 Her piano playing definitely is amazing, and those of us pianists who are “trained in music” think so too!
From this musical didactic it is clear that our man was not kidding when he thteatened to
use tone rows. Fortunately used them only in the harmonic/melodic domain, not quite the rhythmic, so this is recognizably Brahmsian, and is quite neat.
‘the limitations of the system’ says the interviewer. I don’t think the limitations are any greater than any other way of writing muisic.
Uchida’s enthusiasm for this piece is infectious, though I admit it’s not one of my favourites– i prefer the Violin Concerto.
@violench oh and a year ago there where a interview in youtube but was erased where She Speaks German like a Real German and says a lot of thing’s of the languajes but like you say the very important thing here is the art
@violench yeah youre rigth the residence and the languanje are in other place, Her Art is the important thing = ) and for me She is the most puwerful pianist in the world
@manuelspcool You can search her interview on Youtube. She says that now she’s more comfortable with expressing herself in English. And I don’t care her residence and her language, whatever it is german or english, you know? All that counts is her music.
@violench SHe Changed her residence for her concerts, Her languaje is the german the english is her third languaje
I find she is a unique artist, and she plays it so tacfully and beautifully. I’m not trained in music but I think her piano is amazing.
Schoenberg’s piano concerto is… A LOT of brain-work, you see?
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