Thanks for reading my replies so carefully (and for tolerating the many typos ha, ha). Also thank you for the care and support- I appreciate it a lot.
Oh yes, music is my crutch. Goodness, you guys have just started me on one of my favourite topics (& things in life).
I'll come back with more relevant responses to everyone's posts later but can I just be self indulgent for a bit and harp on about music?
Music is my safe place. Some of my happiest and most cherished memories revolved around music.
My first piano teacher introduced me to Beethoven, Brahms, Schumann, Chopin and a whole host of other composers. She hosted recitals at her place where we (her students) performed. I remember having to learn Italian terms that were/are commonplace in music, which I thought was oh-so-boring at the time but am now grateful for learning.
Later on, she recommended me to a concert pianist for tutelage. I still had to audition for him and it was incredibly intimidating; he was a great pianist and I was this little nobody. Anyway, he took me under his wing. I was so happy!
Compared to my first teacher, he had (understandably) much higher expectations and also had a different teaching style. My first teacher would often play multiple pieces for me and ask me to choose one to learn.
Whereas the concert pianist more or less dictated what I learnt. I didn't mind though because he was very talented and knew his craft. I learnt a lot of Brahms under his instruction (plus other pieces but he adored Brahms).
Sometimes he would play clips of different renowned pianists performing the same piece to give me an idea of how a piece could be played. I remember there was a Chopin piece (I'm embarrassed that I don't remember the name of it) but he wanted me to play it with more "tone" so showed me how to elicit a richer sound from the piano.
I remember he once gave me chocolates (for Xmas) where the packaging had Mozart's portrait on it. Of course, even when it came to chocolate, he had to bring music into it ha, ha. I'm not sure if his poor wife could ever compete with the piano (which I firmly believe was his greatest love).
Anyways, I like contemporary music too. It's all about "the feels" for me when it comes to music.
Sorry to bore you guys ha, ha. Self indulgent moment down memory lane there 😉
Y'all stay amaze!