Eric Dietz :: The Composer
For a large portion of my life, I have found a distinct chasm between my talents and my passions. I've
found that if I do not utilize my talents, then I do not have much of a future, but if I do not utilize
my passions, then I do not have much happiness.
My passion, of course, is the Piano.
I started playing the piano many many years ago as a young child. I found an affinity for it very quickly.
However, I have also had to deal with my natural desire to do something grand very quickly, so I dove
right in to playing some of Beethoven's more difficult Sonatas, and from there straight to the Concerti
of the masters.
Of course, I did not receive the proper preparation to play these pieces, and my tecnique was only second-
best. So, I took some time off, and spent more time intensly listening and less time playing the music
which I greatly wanted to play.
I studied the theory behind the music. I studied the struggle to find a sort of music that was simply
intrinsic to the universe. The music that was not invented, but rather discovered. The music that flows
And so I became a composer.
This meant I had to play the piano again, so I started out with some Bach-esque fugues and such - the
conflicting dual-toned music (counterpoint). I progressed to the wonderful world of nationalistic music
(the only realm in which I find Nationalism to be positive). I played the Hungarian Rhapsodies of Liszt,
and the Intermezzos of Brahms. And I attempted to tackle some of the music of Saint-Saens, such as the
first movement of his second piano concerto...
This all led up to my first serious composition. (I say serious because I had written many smaller,
would-be works earlier in life). And serious it was. But good it was not. Still just a composite of
my influences, the Rhapsody that I had written was lacking in discovery.
Now I write music a lot. Some of it is good. Some of it is not. But I do it. And now it is your job
I play a Rhodes mark 1 stage 88 because it is (more or less) portable, and the sound is great.
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ok here is me playing piano