Monday, October 5, 2009

the dream devil in music...



the story behind the composer, giuseppe tartini's 1692–1770, "devil trill" starts with a dream where the devil is said to have appeared to tartini and asked him to be his servant - after their lessons, tartini handed the devil his violin to test his skill—the devil immediately began to play with such virtuosity that tartini felt his breath taken away - when the tartini awoke he immediately jotted down the sonata, desperately trying to recapture what he had heard in the dream - despite the sonata being successful with his audiences, tartini lamented that the piece was still far from what he had heard in his dream - what he had written was, in his own words: "so inferior to what i had heard, that if i could have subsisted on other means, i would have broken my violin and abandoned music forever."



2 comments:

Kismet said...

First, I apologize for neglecting you.
Second, I understand what the composer meant about that piece. I get the same feeling when I try to write verse. It always falls short.

GYPSYWOMAN said...

oh, well, hello and how in the world are you! listen, you owe me no apology or explanation or anything - i'm just glad to see you out and about over here - yes, and i understand what he is saying too - seems it's all much richer in our dream reality - thanks so much for coming by and please do come again whenever you should be so inclined - hope things are going well/better - have a wonderful remainder of the day!!!