BECOMING BETTER

Jean Croker Petke


Category: music

Emotional Cragginess

Emotional Cragginess

I’ve been a fan of Leonard Bernstein since I first saw his Young People’s Concerts in the late 1950’s. By that time I was well into my piano studies. I envied his musical passion. In The Joy of Music, Bernstein penned these words: These mountains have a quality of majesty and craggy exaltation that suggest Beethoven to me. […]

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Unexpected Art II

Unexpected Art II

I’ve not been to France for real croissants. But I do know where the best croissants are made in my city — dark brown on the outside, creamy white on the inside. Flakes fall all over the place when you break them apart. In my opinion, they’re best eaten with butter and jam. Last Thursday I went […]

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Roast Pig & Layer Cake

Roast Pig & Layer Cake

From January to April I am totally immersed in music, as I prepare for my spring recital. I wake up in the morning, knowing the first thing I will do is practice, lesson music then recital music. There’s some overlap, but my recital includes some additional music. Before I fall asleep at night, I review […]

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Impossibilities

Impossibilities

I heard Dr. John Mortenson discussing how to approach unplayable passages in piano compositions. I was struck by the fact that he labeled some passages as “unplayable.” I didn’t know professional musicians ever confronted such things. I believed they found all music playable and that nothing was impossible for them. They’re not like us mortals […]

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Lost Time

Lost Time

I missed ten days of piano practice; ten of the fourteen I have between lessons. Sickness put me on the couch. I simply didn’t have the energy to sit at the piano and work like I usually do. When I finally felt well enough to practice, it was not pretty. My music had slowed down […]

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