My topic is: What three things do you hope your audience will come away knowing about your Eminentperson? How will you show this to them?
It was finally done, after weeks of researching, reading, interviewing, we finished the incredible Eminent Project. Personally, those nights in front of books and piles of paper were worth it when I saw the people walking into my learning center. The hard work eventually paid off, and I was impressed by myself because of howstressful I was in the beginning. And plus, I was finally able to get some sleep!
To be honest with you, I had a great time during the project, I chose someone I admired. I chose someone I was interested in, not just someone that I already learned a lot from. I was able to grab a ton of information about Frederic Chopin, however, because he really had made a dent in the music history. He was born in 1810, and that is why I made my learning center old and dusty. I tried to put as much effort as I could into my learning center to attract people’s attention and to give them as much information as I could in a limited amount of time.
I was extremely nervous and scared at the Night Of The Notables because of the people I saw swarming in the building. But it turned out to be fine as I had many interesting conversations with many music enthusiasts and even professors. I tried to focus on the main point and reduce the writing to a minimal amount. And here are three main points I hope the audience would take away after looking at my learning center.
First one is the one I focused the most on, that is the style of Chopin’s music. That was the main reason why I chose my eminent person because his style was simply incredible and pleasing. Unlike other composers like Mozart or Beethoven, Chopin mainly focused on piano. He only wrote two duet pieces for piano and viola, which still had piano as the melody. Chopin only cared about piano because of the fluency which differs from the orchestra. The beauty of Chopin’s music was about the rareness and his uniqueness, it was rather miraculous. People described him as “the only one and towering high above in his own, closed domain.” I admired Chopin’s work because of his brilliant piano technique as from the sound language itself, his unique harmony. I wanted people to know the music style by simply listening to his music, therefore, I brought a speaker and played his music in the background, it was mainly his Prelude in E minor and his Fantasie-Impromptu in C-sharp minor because those two were my favorite musical compositions. Indeed, there is a true gap between the harmonic sound of music by Beethoven and Schubert and that of music by Chopin. Chopin’s chords do not only represent a system of tonal tensions and ideas to accompany the melody but delight one with their individually colored sounds. Anyone would be touched by Chopin’s chord progression because of its pleasing sounds and harmony. I wanted people to know why is Chopin different and why he had become a star that shined among other composers in term of his incredible music style. Overall, his coms=positions feature dissonance which is velvety soft and pleasant to the ear, I simply love playing his pieces.
I didn’t choose Chopin only because of his music style, I chose him because of how he managed to compose hundreds of legendary pieces despite his illness. Chopin’s perseverance is another main reason that made me admire him. I learned that when Chopin was young, he was in love with butter cookies but after he had been sick, he showed intolerance to fatty foods, especially pork-these caused stomach aches, diarrhea, and weight loss. I showed the aspect by bringing cookies, as he could eat butter cookies due to his sickness. Later he endeavored to avoid such symptoms with diet; he obtained substantial improvement with ingredients such as honey and oat bran. Chopin attained a height of 170 centimetres but weighed 100 pounds. This is a fact that people didn’t know about, I printed it to show as an interesting but scary fact about the famous composer. Also, Chopin is known to have had no facial hair at the age of 22, and I also printed it as a fact because many people are already familiar with Chopin as a musician, but not about his health. My goal for my learning center is to let people walk away with facts they never knew before, and that’s why I focused on his health.
Lastly, I wanted people to know about his interpreters who passed down his music compositions into the history forever. In the years since Chopin died perceptions of him have, of course, changed, as they do of all great composers, but here is a singular fact: his popularity has never waned. There were many interpreters who were great musicians who got influenced and interpreted his music pieces. My favorite would be Carl Tausig, the outstanding pupil of Liszt who was probably the first pianist to give all-Chopin recitals. His revision of the E Minor Piano Concerto includes re-orchestration and a wholesale rewriting of the solo part. Besides, there are many interpreters intended to change or vary Chopin’s work to the style they preferred, and personally, I liked it as long as the style was kept, and only minor changes were done. I wanted people to know how Chopin had affected the music world as there were hundreds of famous Chopin interpreters around the world. Therefore, I also made a map that labeled out the places famous Chopin interpreters were born in. That way, it would be clearer for people to understand it in a visual way.