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Nina Simone

Nina Simone’s birthday is this week!

Nina Simone was a famous jazz singer, pianist, and song writer whose work was deeply influence by her experience as a black woman in the United States.  Her bold and intelligent lyrical protests garnered the attention and friendship of monumental figures of her day such as James Baldwin, Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X, Stokely Carmichael, and Langston Hughes. Songs such as “Strange Fruit,” about white lynchings of black Americans, and “Mississippi Goddam,” a response in part to the murder of Medgar Evers in Mississippi, formed part of her collection of protest songs.  Her lyrics brazenly and angrily called out America for its violent and unjust treatment of its African American citizens. In an interview, Simone said, “When every day is a matter of survival I don’t think you can help but be involved. Young people, black and white, know this. That’s why they’re so involved in politics. We will shape and mould this country, or it will not be moulded and shaped at all.”

From the Cleveland L. Sellers, Jr. Papers, 1934-2003 held by the Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture.  

A True Renaissance Man: Concert Pianist, Composer, And Statesman

Ignacy Jan Paderewski (1860 to 1941) was a famous concert pianist and composer. He wrote a piano concerto in 1888 – at just 18 – an opera in 1901, and a symphony in 1907. His international fame opened doors for him in diplomatic circles, which Paderewski took advantage of to push for Polish independence. Paderewski played an important role in meeting with President Woodrow Wilson, and obtaining the explicit inclusion of an independent Poland as point 13 in Wilson’s WWI peace terms, called the Fourteen Points. But the story doesn’t end here! Paderewski was appointed Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs in January of 1919 for the newly-independent Poland. He represented Poland at the Paris Peace Conference that year, and signed the Treaty of Versailles. He lost many political supporters, however, and resigned from both roles before the end of 1919! Paderewski retired entirely from politics in 1922.

He returned to the world where he first found fame, doing concerts as a pianist. Paderewski’s first performance upon his return to music filled Madison Square Garden. He continued to perform through the 1920s and 1930s, taught some particularly talented young pianists, and even appeared in a film presenting his talent on the silver screen! His wife gone, Paderewski consented to do the film reluctantly – he was mostly retired from public life by the late 1930s.

But World War II was coming and it would sweep Paderewski back into public life. After the Polish Defensive War of 1939 Paderewski returned to politics, once again fighting for Polish independence. In 1940 he became the head of the National Council of Poland, a Polish parliament in exile in London. The eighty-year-old artist also restarted his Polish Relief Fund and gave several concerts (most notably in the United States) to gather money for it. While on tour, Paderewski fell ill with pneumonia. He died in New York City at the age of 80. He never got to see Poland liberated from the Germans, but he also never saw it immediately taken over by the Soviet Union. It would be another thirty-five years before Poland was once again independent.

Musicians w/ Stage Fright

Cause it’s always nice to know that you’re not alone, and that it happens to the best of us.

I have to start out the list with Glenn Gould *fans self with hands* who considered audiences evil (literally) : “I detest audiences. I think they are a force of evil.”  But hey, he left extensive recordings so I won’t complain.  

Vladimir Horowitz *dreamy sigh*, famous pianist known for his ability to enthrall audiences, retired from performing publicly several times due to severe stage fright.

Then there’s the unforgettable tenor Andrea Bocelli. In an interview with Tom Bryan, he discloses that stage fright never goes away: “It always happens and it’s a big problem. Everything that’s simple suddenly becomes unbelievably complicated. It’s almost a disease. (…) It has nothing to do with how many times you’ve been on stage. It’s something that ­accompanies you for all your life.

Pablo Casals, cellist, told his interviewer Josep Maria Corredor in Conversations with Casals: “Nerves and stage fright before playing have never left me through-out the whole of my career. Can you realize that at each of the thousands of concerts I played at, I felt as bad as I did on that first occasion?”

Adolf Henselt, also a pianist, considered by many to be on the same level as Lizst, was “terrified of the public”. Schonberg writes in his book Great Pianists: “When playing with an orchestra, (Henselt) would hide in the wings until the opening tutti was over, rush out and literally pounce on the piano. On one occasion he forgot to put aside the cigar he was nervously chomping - this was in Russia - and playing the concerto cigar in mouth, smoking away, much to the amusement of the Czar. The mere thought of giving a concert made him physically ill.” (Honestly, the cigar part makes me giggle)

Renee Fleming *heart eyes emoji*, American soprano, admits frankly to have dealt with stage fright. In an interview with Imogen Tilden she says: “I have had a very difficult time with stage fright; it undermines your wellbeing and peace of mind, and it can also threaten your livelihood.” 

There are so many more who belong on this list: Argerich (who once cut her finger in order to cancel a performance), Bolet, Rubinstein, CHOPIN… Just know that if they - the greats - went on stage, performed so spectacularly, so unforgettably, despite their fears… you can too.

anonymous asked:

How... How did you you manage to set a piano on fire?

Oh god. This is embarrassing. Here we go.

When I was little, I had this particular fantasy that I was a famous pianist, the kind who plays music so beautifully people forget the time and themselves, and who autographs classy soft-focus photographs of herself. So when I was home alone, I would put on my mother’s nightgown and play the piano for sometimes hours. It was fun.

But! One day I had the terrible idea to make these paper candle holders, and put some candles on the piano to make the classic-pianist-ambiance even better. And I was so caught up in my piano playing and imagination I didn’t notice it getting on fire until it had spread to the piano and the piano was burning. I put it out with a tea towel I had put in my hair as a makeshift veil, which was remarkable resourceful for a nine-year-old, but the fire was not very big. The piano had scorch marks all over that side, though. I put my stuffed animals on it to hide the marks, but my brilliant plan was foiled by my parents coming home. 

Ok guys, so I’ve been thinking about a cabaret au for a while now!
Let’s imagine this:

-The action takes place in the 20′s

-Marinette is around 20~22, she’s working in a bakery but in order to earn more, she’s working in the cabaret “Le Petit Paris”, as the singer Ladybug, no one truly know who she is, but she has a lot of fans! 

She doesn’t have parents anymore.

-Adrien is a famous pianist, who lost his mom when he was still a kid. His father is always organising his life and he doesn’t go out a lot.

He feels very lonely.

One day, he decides to flew from his house and goes by chance to the “Petit Paris” where he sees Ladybug singing.

He decides that he wants to play piano for her and presents himself as Monsieur Chat Noir, in order to be hire as a pianist.

He has to reconcile his life as a well known pianist, in the high class of Paris and his life as Monsieur Chat Noir.

His father nor anyone know that he’s working at night in a cabaret.

-Marinette is a huge fan of Adrien, she never met him but loves to listen him on the radio.

-Ladybug and Monsieur Chat Noir get along pretty well, though Chat is always flirting with Ladybug!

-Marinette doesn’t have any confidence in herself and is oftenly alone when she’s not under her other identity.

-Adrien is happier as Chat, he can play the music the way he wants to, and not as he’s told to!
But going out almost every night tires him a lot, and his father is really upset about the fact that he’s dazing out a lot!

-Chat falls in love with Ladybug but she doesn’t see him as anything else but a player, and later a friend.

I’ll draw Monsieur Chat Noir when I’ll have time, but here is Ladybug in the mean time! :3


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Am I the only one considering Machi Tobaye as Trucy’s future husband?

Well, I mean…..

1. He is pretty.

2. He is one year younger than Trucy.

3. He can’t go back to his own country, if he values his life.

4. He is very close to Thalassa. He can tell Trucy everything about her mother, and prepare Thalassa to properly reunite with her children.

5. He is a famous pianist in early age of 14. He will get huge when he grow up, and make a good couple with world-famous magician lady.

6. He was a murder suspect but Apollo and Trucy defended him. They saved his life and let him smile again, which he is very grateful about.

7. Trucy loves listening to his piano.

So, why not?


AU: Harry is dating Louis, a famous pianist. On weekends, he spends his time at Louis’ place; learning how to play piano. (◡‿◡✿)

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There is a curious story about Mme. de Montgerout, the most famous woman pianist of the eighteenth century. She had been arrested, but having influential friends she was brought before the Committee of Public Safety for questioning. The Committee was dubious of her, until one of its members pointed to a piano in the corner of the room and asked her to play the “Marseillaise. ” She complied gladly, eager to prove both her republicanism and her talent, elaborating and enriching the theme with variations of her own. Her examiners were so impressed that they finally began to sing. Mme. de Montgerout, also singing, pounded the keys with added vigor. Clerks and secretaries rushed into the green room, stood amazed, and joined the chorus. Soon hundreds of voices could be heard from all parts of the Tuileries, in the halls, through the windows, from back rooms and attic offices, raised in the marching song of the Revolution.

Aux armes, citoyens!

Formez vos bataillons!

Marchons… .

When the commotion subsided Mme. de Montgerout received her freedom, and the excited bureaucrats went back to work. The moment was revealing. It showed how at the very center of government routine labor was stirred by a tremendous faith.

The Twelve Who Ruled (R. R. Palmer), p.335

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Before Elvis, before Elton John, before Madonna, and Lady Gaga, there was Liberace.

“Behind the Candelabra” Sunday May 26 on HBO

Google did a doodle for Bartolomeo Cristofori and I for one am very excited about it

We’ll Meet Again (Closed AU)

In all truth living the life he did now he felt guilty and blessed at the same time. Lia and her family had given him so much; a completely different life than the one he was living as a waste of skin only a few months ago. He went from being a complete thug who slept around with every girl he met to having a dream. For Lia he would become a famous concert pianist. It was a hidden skill he had never known he had. One day in the music room they had been sitting together and he had jokingly begun to play. She had told him that what he had created sounded like it came from the jazz era. He’d told her he’d never played a piano…and from then on out she behested him to learn…she said if he could create something so beautiful without even knowing what he was doing then if he knew his craft…he would be amazing.

He’d never had a dream before

but he was going to protect this one with his life.

Her father had even taken him in from his abusive household and paid for lessons. And a small piano to keep in the house. He loved to entertain them as they rested for the evening. And to disconnect the strings and practice without sound in the middle of the night. Although he felt guilty because while Big Jones slept sometimes he would court Lia. He loved her more than he ever could say.

That was why he played.

He would play her sonnets in sound.
He couldn’t rival Shakespeare in moving someone with words;
but when it came to sound he was a master.

Hearing the mail truck one day changed his life. While the others rested in the living room he opted to get the mail. Flipping through it on his walk back he stopped at the door. Seeing his name on an envelope with a seal of an eagle he tore it open, his eyes going wide.

He had been drafted into the war…and he had no way out of this. Not wanting to worry anyone….and in a way wanting to deny it himself…he shoved the parcel into his pocket and went inside. A shaky smile on his face as he handed the family their mail.

Taking his seat by the window again he looked out the window.. The book of jazz age pianists forgotten on his knee. Freddie and Teddie had died in this war. His two best friends…and now he was going to be sent out. He couldn’t say he wasn’t scared. 


“Portrait of Poliksena Paderewska (née Nowicka)” (b. - 1861,Polish noblewoman; Mother of the famous Polish pianist Ignacy Paderewski) by Norbert Schrödl (1842-1912), oil on canvas, 164 x 85; National Museum, Warsaw.                                


Savidal - Le Sanctuaire du Soleil

I’ve already shown you the front of this house, the inside is now finished too ! I built this one for the Vernet family : Samuel is the local police chief, happily married to the optimistic and cheerful Sylvia, a famous pianist. Sam doesn’t share these traits, he is a bit grumpy, especially when he is around his boy, Philippe. This one is a rebellious teen, dreaming of becoming an actor. Adèle is Samuel’s sister, she share the guest room with her frivolous fiancé Mathieu for some month now. By the look of their room (the last one), you can guess they are preparing something bad !

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