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Classical music: Does becoming a parent change how you hear and make music? The Norwegian pianist Leif Ove Andsnes think so. | August 28, 2012

By Jacob Stockinger

Does having a child change how you hear and make music?

Acclaimed Norwegian pianist Leif Ove Andsnes (below), known for the directness of his interpretations as well as his virtuosity, thinks so.

See if you agree by listening to reading an interview with him about his fatherhood and by listening to him play a Spanish Dance by Enrique Granados and other works including three Chopin waltzes. It has some GREAT close-ups of his playing and the keyboard, by the way.

Here is a link:

http://www.npr.org/event/music/158492258/leif-ove-andsnes-fatherhood-and-freedom-at-the-piano

What do you think?

The Ear wants to hear.


2 Comments »

  1. [...] Classical music: Does becoming a parent change how you hear and make music? The Norwegian pianist Le… [...]

    Pingback by Seven Starter Steps for Listening to Classical Music With Your Kids | My Musical Talent — August 28, 2012 @ 3:34 pm

  2. Jake, my thanks to you for providing this link — Leif Ove Andsnes has been one of my favorites in the contemporary Classical piano world, and this interview/performance certainly did not disappoint. IMO, he just gave a Master class on great piano playing — straightforward, elegant attention to shaping, touch, voicing, and line: always about the music, never Him. Thanks for sharing this!

    Comment by Tim Adrianson — August 28, 2012 @ 8:00 am


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