A Pianist's Landscape by Carol Montparker

By Carol Montparker

Those intensely own and perceptive essays discover the author's lifestyles as a pianist - practising, acting, instructing and writing - yet they can be the innovations and reflections of any artist. They recount the demanding situations, rewards and joys of her reviews in her selected occupation.

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He wrote the call of the cuckoo right into the score: the first movement becomes almost a fantasia around that call. It is full of the gladness of nature and the spirit of unabashed joy felt by the great master as he notated his musical ideas, all of which we can experience if we allow the music to wash over us. Several years ago I spent many happy hours at home preparing a solo lecture-recital on the subject of nature and music, which I have since presented several times. The most difficult thing was choosing among the myriad possibilities for the program.

I didn't feel good about it, and Page 27 I would have loved to be able to restore myself with good work and ultimate success, but that was not meant to be. Around that time I had lunch with the great pianist Radu Lupu, who was in New York for a concert, and as I was expressing these feelings of disappointment to him, he generously shared the fact that there were times in his life when he, too, could not concentrate because of inner turmoil. "Whatdo you think I always want to practice? I do not!

In our own home, my husband, Ernest, whose expertise lies mainly in literature and films, and I treasure our evenings with other creative artists; abstract ideas fly back and forth with no boundaries or barriers between forms or mediums. A few years ago one of my adult students, a professional painter, Page 38 asked me whether I would consider swapping a month's worth of lessons for a portrait of myself. The idea intrigued me, and so I sat (and wrote) after each of four lessons while she sketched.

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