The Joys of Great Music

Well, you might be wondering what I've been up to recently! Lots of things in process, of course. But I've also had a few nice diversions, including 2nd row tickets last night to see this fine group of gentlemen: The Canadian Brass. If you like virtuosity, these guys are for you!

Fortunately, I found an NPR Tiny Desk concert with the current cast. I think you'll agree that this is fabulous.

The saying goes that to master something, you've got to put in your "10,000 hours." These gentlemen have put in way more than that.

This afternoon I had the privilege of taking my girls to their piano lessons, and was delighted that my eldest is now going to learn J.S. Bach's Prelude No.1 from the Well-Tempered Clavier, a mere "trifle" for Bach (literally written as an arpeggio exercise for students), but one of the most beautiful pieces of music ever written. I look forward to its sound filling our home for awhile.

And, with the glories of YouTube, I've found my favorite rendition. The Los Angeles Guitar Quartet playing their version. I want you to notice well what these virtuosos are doing: Andrew, John, Scott, and Bill are each playing a single note. A round-robin that is, frankly, sick. The results, I think you'll agree, are musically transcendent.

Brian Mattson