Song: Six moments musicaux, D 780 (Op. 94), #6 Allegretto in A-flat major
Composer: Franz Schubert
Performer: Hideyo Harada
Seriously, pick an instrument and I'll tell you which song makes me wish I could play it - or play it better. Guitar? Led Zeppelin's "Over the Hills and Far Away." Trombone? "Tuba Mirum" from Mozart's Requiem. Cello? Pas de deux from The Nutcracker. Pretty much every time I hear a bass clarinet, I wish I knew how to play it. As a child, I harbored fantasies of learning to play every instrument in the world and I never completely gave up on that dream.
It's easy to choose which instrument above all I'd wish to play better. In my job, piano skill is invaluable. I first encountered Moment musicaux #6 in college in an analysis class. I absolutely fell in love with it. I sat in the listening room, staring at the score and listening to the piece over and over again. I couldn't get enough. I tried sitting down at the piano to play it myself but it was way beyond my capacities. I think I even brought it to my piano teacher to see if she could play it. She was very obliging, as I recall.
Harada's tempo may actually be a touch too slow for my tastes. As a conductor, I'm very particular about such things. It's close to just right, though. I think most recordings go too fast. You've got to be able to hear all of those rich harmonies.
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