The game goes on...
And here we are with part three of the challenging task list Mrs. Vanquish had sent to me. This is Artsie speaking, and I'm all alone here... again.
(If you are new to this blog and don't know what this is all about, please check the related links at the end of this posting for your enlightenment)
Mrs.V asked me to change the order of tasks and do the music challenge this week, because it fits better into the timeline of the book vs. movie discussion over at Let's Ride The Vanquish.
Challenge No3: Find Bella's Lullaby!
This is the task, in Mrs. Vanquish's very own words:
Skip this?? Are you kidding me?! Artsie never skips!
But I admit it was really hard.
And not everybody might get
why I chose the piece I will present to you.
It's a composition by the uncomparable
Paco de Lucia.
The title is: CANCIÓN DE AMOR
Yeah... I know, but give me a chance, ok?
It is important that you are patient, and listen to me, BEFORE you check the music out! You will see why...
Mr. de Lucia is a Spanish guitarist, as you all probably know, and the piece is originally played on guitar... but nonetheless: I had a certain feeling about it, so I asked Betti. She listened to it and said:
"Yes, it's a beautiful tune, but I don't see how this would work as the actual Lullaby, because you know... Edward played the piano."
Very helpful... *snorts*
So I tried the impossible, and...
I actually found a rendition of de Lucia's composition, performed on the piano. Or better: on two pianos - which is perfect, because we are assuming anyway, that the skillz of Edward, the vampire are beyond mad, right?
So... this piece is NOT easy
to listen to.
The two awesome ladies playing here, Katia & Marielle Labéque, are performing the initially more tender composition with such ferocious passion and freedom of expression... that I immediately thought of Edward playing.
I made Betti listen, and this she said:
"Oh my God, yes - that's him!
It's not Edward playing it to Bella in the Cullen house. But it's Edward playing it all alone.. it's the troubled, brooding Edward, the tortured one. All his love, all his devotion, but also his doubts and hurts and his fear for Bella, her body and soul, is running through his hands right into the keys - without holding back.
He starts softly, as if wanting to play the tender tune he had made up for her, but his mind running wild and for once... here alone with his music... he let go. This isn't any longer just the sleeping girl in her bedroom, this is the complete and complicated story of his impossible love to the fragile human he would die for... told from Edward's point of view!"
I might add, Betti said this after she had stopped crying(!) over the music.
Ok, so this is serious now. I am Artsie, and I mean it:
I ask you to consider 3 things when you relish it...
1. Below is a video of Paco de Lucia's original performance on guitar.
Please listen to the first 35 to 40 seconds, at least once, in order to hear the original theme, i.e. the clean melody, which starts at 0.20. It will help you to recognize it later in "Edward's piano performance".
2. Take a look at the pic below, and the expression on Edward's face.
THIS is how he's playing, not the serene way you might have seen him play for Bella on the dvd.
Imagine him, perhabs, play in a lonely room, the night he decides to leave Bella for her own goods... in New Moon? Take this idea in!!!
3. You have the idea of the melody? You have the image of passionate, unrestrained musical Edward in your mind? He doesn't know you're listening - but you are there...
Press play, close your eyes, be there, and please:
listen to the end!
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