Feb 042013

As some you may know, when I’m not busy reading, reviewing, and blogging about a-never-ending-list-of-Austenesque novels, I earn my bread by teaching piano lessons and running a little music studio in my home.  When I was working as a K-8 music teacher during the day in the past four years, I unfortunately was forced to give up playing piano for my own personal enjoyment.  🙁  Between waking up early to teach a bunch of kiddos at school and teaching piano until 7:00 at night I just didn’t have the energy or desire to sit down and play that often.

But now, thanks to Mr. Bingley and his new job, I’ve returned to the piano bench and I could not be happier!  Like Lady Catherine, I am well awarethat no excellence in music is to be acquired, without constant practice,” and I have been at work trying to practice as often and as diligently as Georgiana Darcy or Marianne Dashwood!

I decided to take on a new project with my practicing – what could be more perfect than combining two things I love – Music and Jane Austen?  I have two Austenesque piano books  in my collection., and in the past, I’ve enjoyed reading through these books for fun.  But I never seriously spent time finessing any of these pieces – working on the fingerings, dynamics, and phrasing (you know…all those things I’m always encouraging my students to pay attention to…)  I thought it might be fun to work them up to a performance level and make little videos to share with you all.

Here is my first musical offering for you to enjoy, dear readers.  I’ve selected a piece from the film score for the 2005 version of Pride and Prejudice, composed by Dario Marianelli, and the first piece I have recorded is “Stars and Butterflies.”  I believe (please feel free to correct me if I am wrong) that this is the music that is playing when Elizabeth Bennet escapes outside from her family at the Netherfield Ball…stealing a moment away from all their improper and mortifying behaviors.  And I think the scene follows through to the Bennet’s “early” morning departure from the ball.

I’m attracted to this piece because it feels pensive and also a little wistful.  I love me some slow, moody music!  I like the name “Stars and Butterflies” and have been pondering on how it came to be titled thus.  My theory is that it is illustrating the change from night to morning…stars are out at night, butterflies come out during the day?  maybe?  What do you think?

I hope you enjoy my little performance!  I’m so thankful to Angie Kroll for making the video – it is a million times better than what I was going to do! (btw – check out Angie’s awesome Austen Admirers App!)

I hope you enjoyed the first installment of Austenesque Melodies!  

What piece are you interested in hearing next?