I have found teacher b’s new section “31 Songs” to be very inspiring and I want to tell you about a song that, I feel, has made a great change in my life.
It all happened one ordinary afternoon five years ago. I was in middle school practising in the school choir when I heard the most enchanting melody ever. Somebody had started playing the piano so I sneaked out of the auditorium and peeked into the room next door. I stood behind the door gazing at the fingers flying over the keyboard like feathers. I spent five minutes in a trance and, as soon as the boy played the last note, everything went back to normal. I gasped and a “wow” came out of me; I asked him whose piece it was and he replied :“Go with the flow” by Giovanni Allevi.
I had no idea who he was talking about so as soon as I got home I googled him and there he was, the man who had changed my life that afternoon 🙂
Giovanni Allevi is a pianist and a composer of international fame, he was born in Ascoli Piceno on April 9th, 1969. He graduated in philosophy cum laude; he has published six albums and he has also written a book called “La musica in testa” – a diary which collects his thoughts, his experiences and some anecdotes.
Over the years Allevi has been often accused of being simply a mass media phenomenon, nothing but the “result of a marketing strategy”, as Piero Maranghi, director of “Classica” (television channel fully dedicated to classical music) said.
Allevi has also been criticized for his conceit (he defines his music as a “visionary project” for “establishing the basis for a new cultured contemporary music”).
But other musicians have plead Allevi’s cause, recalling that “his success gave a new birth to piano, and encouraged many young to take piano lessons. In these debates I see only envy”, as the pianist Nazzareno Carusi said to the national newspaper “Panorama”.
Personally, I don’t think Giovanni Allevi’s music is commercial, although there are plenty of brilliant pianists who are totally ignored by the media.
We’re bombarded by commercial pop music…but this is what the music industry is about: promoting songs that people will immediately like, while other talents get left behind.
Anyway, thanks to Giovanni Allevi I started going to piano lessons and I haven’t stopped since! And what’s more , two years ago I received a ticket for an Allevi concert in Lecce as a birthday present! One of my dreams had become true!
As I know some of you are musicians too, I would like to ask you what you think about this topic: pop music vs classical music…