Thursday, 22 January
Written and published
David Fritz Mr Music
Table of contents
2. "What's new pussycat?".
Can a Mozart violin sonata change your life?
4. "Don't forget to
I just can't believe time flies so
I haven't even had time to catch up with all the admin
last week's mailing and already I'm dicing the clock
to get this
week's edition out, more or less on time.
A few people contacted
me to say how much they enjoyed my newsletter.
Thank you very much to each of
you who did.
Your comments are always very welcome.
click on "Reply", or send off a separate e-mail to me at
If you have any specific questions or
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"What's new pussycat?"
Where there's activity there's
I'm glad to say that there's definitely activity here:
usual, lots of it.
Since I published my last newsletter quite a
few new things
have come out the wash.
- Valentines day
- 14 February
It's less than 23 days away!
23 days left for you to place your order for
the most special gift you
can give your valentine.
composed a special love song just for Valentines day.
called: "In Love".
You can order a very
special and unique gift from me, just for your valentine:
- a CD of my
special Valentines song, "In Love",
- with a photo you supply, maybe of your
valentine or yourself, and
- your own special message printed on the front
Unique, and very special, indeed!
is I can only do so many between now and Valentines day. As
appreciate, it's a manual process, and time is limited.
only be able to make 200 of these unique CD's in the time
left between now
and Valentines day.
So, what are you waiting for?
only R99 per CD, postage/delivery included, there's surely
no more unique
and special gift you can give that
very special someone!
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Just get your order in quickly!
know of someone else who would like to give a
special someone a very special
gift, feel free to
pass this newsletter on to them so that they too can make
of this very special and unique offer.
can only make 200 CD's: that's it!
- Web site
Web sites are like gardens: they constantly need
Web sites change just as gardens change through the
I have now added a newsletter archive to my
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I have always told you I'm busy: here's more
There's a brand-new site on the internet with the most
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Ellen Fritz writes stories and anecdotes,
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- The Ivory Club
The concept took me three
years to develop.
The Ivory Club is a unique business
opportunity especially for lovers of
piano and other keyboard
The main aim is promoting my piano and other keyboard music
through the sale of CD's and organizing live concerts, earning an
for yourself from this and from other music-related sales and
Now you can enjoy your hobby, hours of recorded
piano and other keyboard music, while making
a part time or
fulltime income for yourself.
To find out more, click on the link
Can a Mozart violin sonata change your
by Alexander Green
We don't usually think about it,
but there is something much "deeper"
about hearing than seeing, something
that provokes a more powerful emotional response.
In the era of silent
movies, for example, a pianist was required to
bring out the emotional
significance of a love scene.
People who become deaf generally report feeling
more isolated than
those who become blind.
Studies show that, without
sound, we can watch a video of a wounded
animal or a person being tormented
with relative equanimity.
But turn the sound on and - even without the
picture - it quickly becomes unbearable.
The human brain is exquisitely
sensitive to sound. Yet what do most of
us hear in the background each day?
Cars honking. Lawnmowers grinding. Dogs
barking. Radios blasting. Or the
incessant chatter of the idiot box.
I was reminded of this in St. Petersburg
Saturday, when I was chatting
with my good friend Rustem Hayroudinoff, a
Russian classical pianist and Chandos
recording artist who, incidentally,
had blown everyone away the night before with
a jaw-dropping performance at
the Renaissance Vinoy.
Rustem is a great believer in the spiritual power of
great music. He
calls it "liquid art." Aside from being a concert performer
and recording artist,
Rustem teaches at the Royal Academy of Music in
He told me his toughest job is getting his students, some
whom are headed for international stardom, to understand that music
just about perfecting the notes. It is
about expressing the deepest and most
profound human emotions.
"When a member of the audience comes up to me after
a performance," Rustem
confided, "and says 'I can't believe how fast your
fingers were moving' or 'How
can you possibly remember all those notes?' I
feel like they missed
the point, really. But when someone says, 'Rustem,
that sonata you played brought
tears to my eyes,' I bow my head and say
'thank you' because they understood
what I was saying – and they were moved
The wisest among us have always known this. The German poet Berthold
"music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life."
believed music expressed "that which cannot be said and on which
is impossible to be silent."
Beethoven called it "the mediator between
the spiritual and the sensual life."
Nietzche insisted that without music
"life would be a mistake."
Yet the Recording Industry Association tells us
that classical music today
makes up less than 3% of total industry sales.
Many of us are so busy working, playing or rushing to
appointment that we rarely take even a few minutes to appreciate it.
sounds like you, I have a suggestion. Pick up
a recording of Mozart's violin
sonatas. With hundreds of great classical
works out there this may sound
needlessly prescriptive, but stick with me a moment.
Mozart was a composer
without equal. And his violin sonatas are
not only beautiful, they are
eminently listenable - even to those who claim to have
no taste for serious
Tchaikovsky said "Mozart is the highest, the culminating point that
beauty has attained
in the sphere of music."
Albert Einstein said, "The
music of Mozart is of such purity and beauty
that one feels he merely found
it - that it has always existed as part of the
inner beauty of the universe
waiting to be revealed."
Don't get me wrong. I'm not a music snob. When I go
to the beach, I
want to hear Bob Marley. If I'm having friends over for a
likely to put on Springsteen or Van Morrison.
But find a
quiet moment to put on a Mozart violin sonata and,
instantly, the whole
atmosphere changes. The room becomes an oasis of calm sophistication.
on in your car and instead of feeling frustrated that you're stuck in traffic,
you're grateful to have a few quiet minutes to contemplate something so
Serious listeners might fume that I'm suggesting you use these
immortal works as
mood music, a kind of sonic wallpaper. But I'm not.
it may start out that way. But the longer you listen, the more that
revealed to you. Harmonies and melodies that escaped you at first eventually
become obvious. Keep listening and, at some point, you will be struck by the
mathematical beauty of it all.
I don't mean to rhapsodize here.
True, I'm a music lover. But I'm
only pointing the way toward something that
can have a powerful, positive impact
on you each day.
As Anthony Storr
writes in "Music and the Mind," "Music exalts life, enhances life,
it meaning… It is an irreplaceable, undeserved, transcendental blessing."
get your hands on a Mozart violin sonata.
The human response to organized
sound is a mysterious - some would say highly spiritual
- thing. No one truly
But as Aldous Huxley famously said, "After silence that which
to expressing the inexpressible is music."
This article was written by Alex Green from Spiritual
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"Don't forget to remember"
Our lives are so full already and
distractions pop up by the second;
it's so easy to forget, so here are a few
- Special ends soon
a quick reminder that the special offer on my Anthology,
a set of all my
CD's to date, ends on 31 January 2009.
Till then you can grab the
set of 5 CD's, postage/delivery
included, for only $39.99.
quickly, before the exchange rate worsens or
time runs out.
dates to diarize
03-04 April 2009
The 10th Annual Cape
Town International Jazz Festival will
be held on Friday 3 and Saturday 4
April 2009 in
Cape Town at the Cape Town International Convention
More than 40 international and local artists will
be performing on
five stages over the two days.
For more info, visit:
04-11 April 2009
Then Oudtshoorn is the place to be
Klein Karoo National Arts Festival.
For more info visit the
- Things to do this week
- Tell a joke
- Laugh from your
- Give an item, not cash, to a stranger
- Order the special
- Buy a copy of Soothing Ivories volume 1
- Pass this
newsletter to someone
Please feel free
to e-mail them to me at:
This time round it's already Friday evening as I'm putting
final touches on this newsletter.
Please feel free to
forward this copy to your friends and colleagues!
May you have a
In the words of the song, Thou Shall Enjoy, by
"Thou shall enjoy;
"thou shall explore;
thou shall seek more;
thou shall be happy where you
while following what's in your heart;
thou shall be dancing in the
thou shall see God in those you meet;
Love and good music
Music with impact ...
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