Monday, March 3, 2008

Nodame Cantabile

written on February 27, 2008

Nodame Cantabile is a story of a confused, talented, young musician, Chiaki Senichi (played by Tamaki Hiroshi), and a hygienically-challenged woman, Megumi Noda or Nodame (Ueno Juri - a top J-actress), pursuing their musical dreams or at least one of them is. A beautiful love story told in a serio-comical manner I highly recommend this Japanese show.
I just finished the show two days ago when classical music related news came up. The first one is the New York Philharmonic Orchestra's North Korean concert which was well-received by the people there. The other one is about this fast rising conductor from Colombia, the one called the demonic conductor, I forgot his name though.
Thanks to the TV show, I appreciated classical music even more and I learned the history of various compositions from Debussy's to Mozart's. It is in knowing the purpose and history of a composition that one can truly appreciate its value, its existence. For example, Claude Debussy's L'Isle Joyeuse, it was composed to convey his joy and happiness after visiting one of the French Colonies in the Pacific. The show explained why classical music training is so rigid. It is so in order for the budding musicians to play the piece as closely as possible to what it is intended for.

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