The Vienna master and his apprentice

Rise and shine! © Charles Thibo

A copycat? Perhaps. But a copycat of Ludwig van Beethoven is still a damned good composer. He mastered the technique, he mastered the style, he had a tremendous good ear and he was a successful businessman besides being an excellent pianist and teacher. Carl Czerny. Right, the one who wrote hundreds of piano training exercises. Two weeks ago I happened to blast Czerny’s Symphony No. 5 in E flat major across our home and my daughter crossed the kitchen imitating a swimmer. Right, you can plunge into this music like into a swimming pool, it’s like clear, luke warm water, you can float, the sun is shining upon your face, it’s a pure delight.

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