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    Hello everybody,

    I'm a girl of 19 years old. I was born in the Netherlands and raised in a family of professional classical musicians and therefore it's obvious that I developed a passion for it too .
    Russian composers always fascinated me in particular. But I'm also fond of the iconic figures in history of classicism, as Mozart, Beethoven etc... In fact, I like many styles and genres and I am happy to discover new things.

    My hobbies are painting, playing the piano, writing, reading and studying languages.
    I play the piano myself and I love listening to (classical) music.
    Since every great musician nowadays has a superb technique, I like to pay attention to the musical interpretation of the performances. I don't like musicians who draw attention to themselves without respecting the composer...
    On a blog I recently started (with the name 'appoggiatura', my nickname here) I try to review classical pieces and performances. That's one of the reasons why I registered at this forum. Everyone has a different taste and I hope to gain some knowledge and contribute to the interesting subjects here.

    Like: Rachmaninoff's 2nd piano concerto, Schumann Fantasiestücke for clarinet, Beethoven piano sonatas, Débussy L'isle joyeuse, Ravel Jeux d'eau, Tchaikovsky 4th & 6th symphony, Villa-Lobos 1st piano concerto 1st mvt, Débussy cello sonata, Schubert die Winterreise, Chopin piano études, Franck symphony in D minor, Rimsky-Korsakov Scheherazade, Bartok 2nd violin concerto etc.

    Don't like: There are a lot of Mahler-fans here. Unfortunately, I'm not very into Mahler. Same with operas... It's not my principal object of interest. And I value Bach's ingeneniousness but I cannot call myself a 'fan'.
    Liszt is too cheesy.


    Nevertheless I hope to have a great time here... Hope I didn't bore you too much with this long introduction.
    I am not a native English speaker but I see this as a good opportunity to improve my skills.


    Greetings


    P.S. Hating to see how many times I used the word "I" in this post, but I cannot avoid it since it's the purpose of introducing yourself I guess.

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    Hi there,

    Your english seems fine, and I look forward to reading your contributions on the boards,

    Regards,
    a Dutchman
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    Hello! Nice to meet someone from a musical family (since I'm certainly not one) and I'm 19 years old too, and a girl at that. I can see you're a fan of the famous Rach Two. We seem to have something in common as for the Chopin, Tchaikovsky & Débussy. Cheers! Hope we can get along well.

    I wonder if you study music in college too?
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    Quote Originally Posted by emiellucifuge View Post
    Hi there,

    Youre english seems fine, and I look forward to reading your contributions on the boards,

    Regards,
    a Dutchman
    Yours, however, needs a little practice!

    Just thought I'd redirect my introduction wrath for a change.
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    Not cool Polednice... undermining my 'cool boy' image in front of a new member...
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    Welcome! My grandparents are from Holland - my grandfather was in the cavalry and fortunately migrated to the US before WWI broke out - so we have common roots.

    You sound like a unique young person. I'm glad you found us, and I look forward to hearing from you.
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    No I don't study music in college. I study at home . I have two great piano teachers that happen to be my parents. My father is teacher in a conservatory and I know from his account that the circumstances for becoming a professional musician are very tough. Loads of (good) ex-students can't find work and that would happen to me too.. There is too much competition and besides, funds for classical music and arts are disappearing due to the financial crisis.
    It's sad, but it's reality..

    And thanks everyone for the answers.
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    Hi appoggiatura,

    There is one currently active member, also a girl of about our age who is really into Russian romanticism as well. There was another, incidentally a few months ago who I believe shows up from time to time. Look around, and you can probably make friends.

    Anyway, if you dabble in the community forum too much, you will find many members, myself included who are not in the least ashamed to use the word "I" past this point, and also in classical music polls. I hope you aren't turned off by our eccentricities too much! When I first came here, people didn't seem to be nearly as wild and talkative as they are now, and that was just a year ago.
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    I think our tastes are quite similar, appoggy, though I must ask: do you like Brahms? The answer to that question will place you either as an ally or an enemy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by appoggiatura View Post
    No I don't study music in college. I study at home . I have two great piano teachers that happen to be my parents. My father is teacher in a conservatory and I know from his account that the circumstances for becoming a professional musician are very tough. Loads of (good) ex-students can't find work and that would happen to me too.. There is too much competition and besides, funds for classical music and arts are disappearing due to the financial crisis.
    It's sad, but it's reality..

    And thanks everyone for the answers.
    I've heard about that, even though I'm not a music student myself. But still, I wish you good luck, and I'm sure everything will find a way and you can succeed as a pro someday.
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    Polednice: I adore Brahms!
    And thank you for the kind words aphyrodite, I wish you luck too!
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    Welcome Appoggiatura. I like the way you have apologised for your English in perfect English.

    Liszt may be cheesy, but it's a different sort of cheesy to, say, Cliff Richard.

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    Quote Originally Posted by appoggiatura View Post
    Polednice: I adore Brahms!
    And thank you for the kind words aphyrodite, I wish you luck too!
    Then we are friends!

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    Hi there!

    Looking at your tastes I thing we will get along all right. I hope you like the rest of Schumann?
    Beautiful music reflects a beautiful Savior.

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    And if you want some 'not cheesy' Liszt, try his tone poem, "From the Cradle to the Grave." Or else just ask TC member Lisztian, our resident Liszt fanatic.

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