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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A playlist for Vienna’s distinguished ladies

THE mug. © Charles Thibo

Do you follow me on Twitter? Then you are certainly aware of one of my most precious possessions – my tea mug. The one with the dots. It’s my official office tea mug, and let me tell you, it brightened up many a grey office day. Just like the classic music that I enjoy while I work at the computer. Yeah, I am a nerd, a computer nerd, a music nerd, a blogging nerd and a piano nerd. And I have the most beautiful tea mug ever. I recently bought a matching tea-pot, and once it’s full of delicious Indian tea, I am ready to confront any conceivable office disaster.

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Taught by Beethoven, teacher of generations

Carl Czerny wrote over a thousand pieces. © Charles Thibo
Carl Czerny wrote over a thousand pieces. © Charles Thibo

The apple never falls far from the tree. Carl Czerny studied with Ludwig van Beethoven and it shows. He has written one of those wonderful pieces that merit a larger audience than they usually get. Take his Concerto for two Pianos and Orchestra in C major, Op. 153. From the first bars you would be reminded of Beethoven’s signature, though you would probably be astonished that you can’t remember to have ever heard the melody.

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