The gifts we get from our students…

A few weeks ago a young student currently in love with Tchaikovsky (yes!!), who was learning an arrangement of Theme from Piano Concerto No. 1 from one of her method books, told me she wanted more pieces like this one (yes!!). I picked out an arrangement that I found of Tchaikovsky’s Theme from Romeo and Juliet, a personal favorite symphony of mine. It was all set to go for her lesson. While on my break, waiting for them to arrive, I thumbed through the book I’d found the Romeo and Juliet theme in, and came upon Theme from C Minor Concerto by Rachmaninoff and sightread through it, thinking this is lovely, I’ll play it for her, but she’ll want the Tchaikovsky one, I know.

Wrong! She practically raced to the piano to sightread through it, after I played only the first several measures. She loved it.

After the lesson I looked up orchestra versions on YouTube to send to her to listen to, and this one came up on the top of the list. I had not listened to this concerto in a very long time. Although I had errands to run, I decided to stop what I was doing and take the half hour to listen to this most gorgeous piece of music.

A gift.

3 thoughts on “The gifts we get from our students…

  1. HI Julie,

    What a nice story! The Russian composers where my first love, starting with the Scheherazad symphony by Rimsky-Korsakov, and subsequently went on to include Borodin, Tchaikovsky, and Rachmaninoff. You might want to introduce her to the Polovtsian Dances from Prince Igor, by Borodin. I am sure that she will be enchanted. There are several versions on You Tube.



  2. Hmmm…wonder who that student is! It is a lovely piece of music. Thank you for taking the time to find special pieces of music for each of your individual students. THAT is a gift!


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