Finally. Tonight I played the 2nd Movement of Mozart’s Sonata in F, K. 332 for Mum, and she loved it. She said she could finally hear a richness of tone, a depth, and musicality in my playing. You know I’ve been practising this one sonata for months, so it was very good news. My mother is … well, she’s my mentor I suppose. She’s always been a stand for me as a musician, a pianist. She’s always held that dream for me, since I was a little girl, and it’s no weaker a stand now than it ever was. She’s the one who always reminded me, if ever there were times when I wasn’t present to it, and there were several of those over the years, that music is such an integral part of who I am. She’s also no “guy in a diner” when it comes to music; her words have weight. Tonight was good. Now to play it for Kenji. We’ll see what he says about it.
And then, Mum introduced me to Mitsuko Uchida. I looked her up on YouTube, and sure enough, there she is playing the 2nd movement of Mozart’s sonata that I’d just played for Mum. I listened, and fell in love. Be still my heart, know what I mean? It was that kind of an experience. Of course, I listened to her playing the 1st and 3rd movements too, and oh my god! The agility, her expression – if you haven’t heard her, you must listen. If I can play half as beautifully as she did, oh! I have such work to do still. Do you think my fingers will ever return to the condition they were in when I was a teenager? Is it possible? We’ll see. I sure hope so.