Prepare to have your mind blown. Are you sitting down? Turn up your speakers and have a glass of booze if you roll that way, or meth and oxy and booze – whatever chills you down.
Martha Argerich playing difficult music on a piano when I was 3 and she was 20:
Notice something at 0:40? Yeah. No sheet music. Argerich’s notable for memorizing 30+ minute concertos.
She also is fluent in something like 8 languages, which, I suppose is helpful because she’s traveled the world playing piano and being interviewed. I wonder how many times she has been asked the same questions, and what they are?
I’m not a pianist, so I don’t understand what I’m looking at a lot of the time. But there’s something – a je ne sais quoi about Argerich’s hand-work that is kind of playful. It’s as if she knows the music so well (and I guess she does) that she’s got time to get a bit showy. I’m not even sure what ‘showy’ would mean, in the context of playing 35-minute piano concertos from memory, but it’s a bit showy.
That’s not the amazing thing. The amazing thing is that she’s been doing this all along. She still performs. She still does a 30-minute Chopin sonata from memory. And she turned 80 last summer.
Single-handed, she helps offset the shittiness of the world. As a consquence of her producing nearly 60 years of performances there is enough material by her on youtube that you can take a couple of days and just catch the highlights.
I’m trying not to dwell on the general shittiness of everything, because I’m pretty sure we’re all unhappy with certain things that are happening in the world. But, hey, did you see that Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has re-booted the F-35 program? Now everyone is going, “must have next-gen warplanes!” which maybe makes sense except the maintenance costs are astronomical.