Saturday, October 24, 2009

Today brought one of those moments of deep satisfaction from teaching: My two young adult students (16 and 21) are learning Brahms, not quite their first experience of his music, but close enough. Listening to them respond to the sounds is like being privy to a remarkable natural occurrence, like the beautiful sunsets over the Hudson this past week. They get it in all its intelligent sensuality, not as a result of any analysis but simply from the sounds themselves.