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.
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.
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.