What were You doing at age Twelve?

(I can't even recall what I was doing on Friday the 10th! No photos in the camera and not one notation on my always-full calendar! So this from the concert of Chamber Music we attended Sunday afternoon!)

Lunenburg, we've been told, is considered the center in all North America for Rossini studies and workshops. Next year will be the 150th anniversary of his death.

On this afternoon we had the loveliest pleasure of listening to six sonatas written by Gioacchino Rossini when he was only twelve years old! He completed the works within 3 days (!!!) and even recopied them! What a loss to us all it would have been had he been born in the present and had spent the weekend playing video games!

This does bring into question what genius is falling by the wayside these days... ... and what isn't being accomplished that might have been!
a beautiful image Louise - and I often wonder the same thing
posted November 15th, 2017  
Lovely image...I agree that it's is quite scary how unconnected people have become to their sensibilities which, in my opinion, plays a great role in learning.
posted November 15th, 2017  
Yes, life is fairly changing! Time will tell if it's for the good. It's certainly different. What a lovely shot!
posted November 15th, 2017  
Food for thought. We were lucky there were not many distractions in his time and so we have his beautiful music.
posted November 15th, 2017  
Great POV and composition for this... Love this! Times have changed. How often do you see a scene like this in homes today? How many students and/or adults are taking and playing music instead of merely playing it on their cell or IPad now? What was I doing at age 12? Taking both piano and clarinet lessons. Seems we always had a music stand with sheet music on it somewheri in the house.. My brother was taking guitar and trombone!!! (Our house wasn't quiet, for sure.)
posted November 15th, 2017  
Awesome shot
posted November 15th, 2017  
beautifully composed. (ha! i'm punny!)
posted November 15th, 2017  
I was taking piano lessons...lol never to be that good!! Love this!!
posted November 15th, 2017  
sounds like a nice afternoon. Lovely shot
posted November 15th, 2017  
Lovely composition.
posted November 15th, 2017  
So many music filled afternoons!! You are going to miss this when you leave for the winter!! Lovely image - great light!! Fav!
posted November 15th, 2017  
@aglennc You'd have loved the girls who recently stayed with us! They and their two brothers (staying in a different home) formed a string quartet and their lever of dedication was truly remarkable! The parents are both musicians, and they were brought up so they could play at church. Now it's *so much more*! The cell phone seemed to mostly be used to book engagements!
posted November 16th, 2017  
@Weezilou es, that would have been to meet them. Good Instrumental music (not what youth play now!!!) is still a first love.....And love an old fashioned big band sound!
posted November 16th, 2017  
I'll pass on that question, my memory doesn't go that far back in time. But I sure wasn't playing anything but the fool.
posted November 17th, 2017  
@golftragic LOL...hysterical reply! Just another typical teenager, I suppose!
posted November 17th, 2017  
@Weezilou Yep, one who considered classes to be an unwarranted interuption to playing baseball, hockey, cricket etc, etc.
posted November 17th, 2017  
@pamknowler This season gets more and more magical as the weekends pass! Saturday, Mellen and Harry are taking us to dinner and the Symphony in Halifax, and we'll stay overnight in their home up that way. Sunday we'll be back in time to attend a piano recital of Beethoven symphonies. ...and we're nowhere near done yet! Just in from a late dinner with friends...it's pouring rain, but not cold...
posted November 17th, 2017  
@golftragic Clearly you were doing what you loved from an early age! Myself...I just wanted to create art and would have been happy to replace math classes (of any sort) with more art classes! I've always lived with music around me, but never pursued those studies... Now I'm just happy to be entertained!
posted November 17th, 2017  
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