Music blog by Ruddy Adam.
Anastasia Takes Us into a Fantasy World by Means of a Beethoven Sonata
Note: For the few out there who may think classical music is a little hoity-toity and high-falutin’ for your taste, you must watch this performance. You will not regret it!
Okay, thank you for the positive responses regarding Anastasia Huppmann. Three of our European friends are dying to see her in person, and one has already seen her. He and his wife say she is more fabulous in person than on Youtube and that she received five standing ovations. I believe it!
I was going to get something else out on her anyway, because I wanted to explain why I put all of her past studying and competing in that email. I wanted our young folks to see what it takes to become really, really good at something.
To do so, one must plan, prepare, practice—and then (and only then) execute. The first three parts are building a foundation for potential excellence; and in the case of Anastasia, the fourth (her first execution) was still building on her foundation for potential greatness, because she was competing instead performing, which came later.
After all that planning, preparation, practicing, and executing, when she stepped onto the classical music stage as a solo pianist, where audiences expect perfection, and pay for perfection, and reward perfection—Anastasia Huppmann was dead ready.
Here is another extremely difficult piece to play, and she knocks it out. Notice her hands. Those movements she makes are not by accident; those hands are nurtured, taught, and trained to make those moves with her fingers.
She ought to be an inspiration to any young person striving (or dreaming) for excellence.
The sound of that Yamaha comes through outstandingly well in this video.
“Moonlight, a Sonata Fantasy,” by Ludwig van Beethoven (1770–1827), performed by Anastasia Huppmann (7:40)
Note: A Sonata is a piece played, not sung. Miss Buck said that this particular piece “is a musical piece that is supposed to take you into the world of fantasy.” I do think AH takes us there. Sonatas are typically difficult and lengthy. Though this part is difficult, it is not particularly lengthy. The performance and camera work are quite exquisite.