Listening to Ludovico Einaudi
Tonight at 9 pm, Classic FM Radio station broadcasts the Italian composer/pianist Ludovico Einaudi's first live concert in the UK. Two days ago Einaudi performed in front of a packed audience in Leeds. People travelled as far as Northern Ireland to see him play.
I'm listening to his piano solos now. They are not difficult to play but rather, very addictive to the ear. Classic FM calls it minimalist music. Indeed, there is not a variety of notes or patterns. It's new age music that "strikes a chord."
When I first heard his "Le Onde" on Classic FM, I thought to myself, "someone's beat me to it." It reminded me of my own compositions, except Einaudi took the time to draw out the motifs. Meanwhile, I condensed mine due to lack of time. Still, how could I compare myself to Einaudi, whose music grew on the listeners in the UK. It's at number 53 on the Classic FM charts, and some predict it to hit number one within the year.
Who is Einaudi? How old is he? What does he look like? When I bought the Le Onde music score from Chappell's last year, there was nothing about him. No year of birth. No biography. I even went to the Ricordi Music Shop in Milan to see if I could find out more.
I suppose this is how you grow a fan club. Play it on the radio and get instant reaction. Or, post it on a web site.
Everything I've heard so far (34 minutes into the programme) is new. I can see his style. It's distinctly his. Now I will visit his web site.
22 November 2002 Friday
Hotel Le Plaza Brussels, where I first played Einaudi's music in public
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