INAUGURAL BELGRADE “SOIRÉE MUSIQUE”

The evening was like a musical fairytale, full of magical moments and even music under candlelights Last night, we held our first "soirée musique" (musical evening) at my Belgrade flat.  We started around 8 PM and the party lasted till midnight. The soirée was outstanding in all respects. Like a musical fairytale, The performers and the …

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THE ‘YIN’ AND THE ‘YANG’ SIDES OF BEETHOVEN

BEETHOVEN'S MOONLIGHT SONATA - 3rd MOVEMENT THE "YANG" SIDE OF BEETHOVEN Over five months ago, in dreamtime on Aug 29, 2017, I received my next musical assignment for 2017. It was Beethoven's hellishly difficult 3rd movement of the otherwise serene Moonlight Sonata. Elizabeth and I were about to leave on our planned road trip to …

STORIES FROM VIENNA WOODS

I don't know when in my youth I must have first heard Johann Strauss' "Geschichte aus dem Wiener Wald" (Stories from Vienna Woods). But the music came alive again during our stay in Vienna, especially in the neighborhood of Neustift am Walde. As Elizabeth is my witness, ever since we got to Vienna on June 5, and settled in our wonderful country inn in Vienna woods and vineyards, I just could not stop hearing practically Johann Strauss’ wonderful waltz “Stories from Vienna Woods.” It has been with me practically 24/7. Even when I wake up at night, I find myself creating my new arrangement on a Clavinova. So for the last several weeks, I have been trying to reconstruct this waltz from memory, without using any sheet music. And last night (July 5), I recorded my own version of it, including a new orchestration which is a little different from that originally ascribed to Johann Strauss. But the core and the spirit of the piece is the same.

MY BIRTHDAY SONG FOR 2017: “CAPRICCIO ITALIEN”

For the last seven years, my spirit guides have been giving me musical assignments before my birthday. They came to me both in dreamtime and daytime. I was to learn to play them and record them as my birthday gifts from the Spirit realm. I was never aware of this gift until after I had already started to play the music. And it always arrived in May (my birthday is June 3 - Saint Constantine Day). I suppose my guides wanted to give me a chance to learn and record the music before my birthday. This year, it was Tchaikovsky's "Capriccio Italien".

EINE KLEINE NACHTMUSIK WITH ROMANZE ANDANTE AS MUSICAL “DESPACHO”

A Musical Despacho for Santa Tierras (land fairies) of Rainbow Shower MOZART'S ROMANZE ANDANTE, SECOND MOVEMENT FROM "EINE KLEINE NACHTMUSIK" Eight days ago, while washing some new dishes I had bought, I received a download of divine-sounding music. I figured it was Mozart. But I wasn't sure what piece it was. So I recorded some opening …

CHOPIN: REAWAKENING 55+ YEAR-OLD MUSIC & MUSCLE MEMORY – AGAIN!

My "Chopin Year" (August-to-August) ends of auspicious date (Aug 11) My first new Belgrade piano recording, Chopin Waltz in G-flat, part of Chopiniana Well, if I did not experience it myself, I would have had a hard time believing it. In just 4 days, I learned to play one of Chopin's masterpieces - the Waltz …

BARCAROLLE FROM “TALES OF HOFMANN”

I did not tell anyone at the time, but there was another spiritual reason I chose the white music angel. It was its brand name - HOFFMAN. I felt my spirit guides were had already picked it before I left Arizona. For reasons yet to be revealed. But I always obey them even if I don't understand why at first.

CHURCH BELLS OF ST DEMETRIUS MORPH INTO SMETANA’S “MА VLAST”

Well, it's happened again. Just like back in March 2011, when the sound of my then new Tibetan bowls inspired me to record Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata with them, what happened yesterday led to another unusual musical match - church bells and Smetana. And this is how it happened. My nephew Bora Nestorov, a pianist and …

HOFMANN IN BELGRADE: FIRST SOUNDS OF MY NEWLY TUNED PIANO

My tuner Mića Vasiljević came back today to tune my new white Hofmann piano, which he also delivered to me on July 9, and adjust some left pedal and keyboard issues I have noticed in the last two weeks. And here are now the first sounds out of my "new and improved" instrument. To me, it sounds MUCH BETTER. And it plays better, too. So from now on, you can only blame me for any faux pas. 🙂

THREE PIANO MUSKETEERS’ HUNT FOR A WHITE MUSIC ANGEL…

TRIPLE MOZART RONDO: 6 hands on 3 white pianos play the Turkish March Friday, July 6, my third day back in my native city, was a day of new beginnings. And continued spiritual and musical ascent. In the morning, I trodded on foot to Bajloniјеva Pijaca (a farmer's market in my neighborhood). I returned from the outing refreshed and rejuvenated (for reasons why and the full story, see... BELGRADE REJUVENATES). In the afternoon, I joined my nephews, Stasa and Bora, both gifted pianists, on a "hunt for a white music angel" - the piano for my Belgrade flat which would add the ethereal dimension to a beautiful Paris salon-like apartment.