Blog and Book Reviews

Movie “Lost in Paris” (Paris pieds nus) 7/9/17

July 9, 2017

It is the best summer movie! I truly enjoyed every moment. If you are happy now you should see it so that you will be merrier. If you are less happy you should also see it so that you will be really happy. It is my first experience to see the movie by Dominique Abel and Fiona Gordon. They write, direct and act. And they are lovers in the real life! I love their witty humor, quirky imagination, unrealistic reality, mindful silliness, energetic craziness …. It is just so FUN! And it is a sophisticated one! Fiona (Gordon) lives in a small town in Canada as a librarian, but her orderly life is suddenly interrupted by the letter from her 88years-old aunt, Martha (Emmanuelle Riva) who has been living in Paris. She asks for Fiona’s help. Fiona awkwardly responds to it and left the town for Paris. Then the story “Lost in Paris” starts! She will meet Dom (Abel) and whimsical things happen one after another! It is a MUST movie.



私をくいとめて  綿矢りさ  朝日新聞出版 7/7/17

July 7, 2017


シルエット 島本理生 講談社 6/27/17

June 27, 2017


虚ろな十字架 東野圭吾 光文社 6/27/17

June 27, 2017


悪意 東野圭吾 講談社文庫 6/27/17

June 27, 2017


Robert Schumann: Kreisleriana Op. 16 6/19/17

June 19, 2017

I have been always wanting to learn this monumental work, and this year is the time for it. I have been figuring out, studying, reading, practicing, but finally I have more time to really focus on Kreisleriana for the last few weeks. Now I can’t stop playing it. The tunes are constantly playing in my head. The images of Clara and Robert are staring to appear when I practice. I enjoy spotting the conversation between Robert and Clara in the music going with Julia/Kreisler in E. T. A. Hoffman’s novel. Hoffman and Schumann shared many aspects in their lives and Schumann uses Kresler from Hoffman’s novel and express his feeling toward Clara. Robert wrote to Clara “You and one of your ideas play the main role in it, and I want to dedicate it to you, yes, you and nobody else, and then you will smile so sweetly when you discover yourself in it….” It is known that Robert and Clara often had secret codes (!) in their music and only they knew the messages! How wonderful! I am sure musicologists have tried to discover those secrets. I believe some of them are from their pranky conversation or flirting acts. Nobody else needs to know!

I learned the important German word, Sehnsucht. (I took German for one year in the conservatory in Japan, and I forgot everything!) I think it is translated in English as longing, wistful, yearning, nostalgic, and futile attempts to complete the sentiment.. Schumann’s romanticism only exists with “Sehnsucht”. There was no way for Robert to communicate with Clara when she was away (she was one of the best pianists in the era). There were letters, but I am sure it took forever to reach. There was no photo to look at (he may had her portrait), no phone to hear her voice. His sentiment had no cure, and the imagination and longing was what he was hanging onto. Robert was in sanctuary when he thought of Clara and composed music. His mind was in peace.

I am ecstatic to live with Kreisleriana, and it is fun to come to piano everyday to greet with Robert and Clara. (I got a new piano a year and half ago, and it is more fun to practice at home now). I am sure I will develop more affection toward them as I practice and learn!

波打ち際の蛍 島本理生 角川書店 6/19/17

June 19, 2017


大きな熊が来る前に、おやすみ。   島本理生 新潮社  6/19/17

June 19, 2017


“Hymn to the Eternal Flame” text by Michael Dennis Browne 6/5/17

June 6, 2017

In 2005 Stephen Paulus, an American composer, and Michael Dennis Browne teamed up together to create the oratorio “To be Certain of the Dawn” commemorating the sixtieth anniversary of the liberation of death camps in Europe. “Hymn to the Eternal Flame” is drawn from this work. The music gave me tear..

Every face is in you, every voice,

Every sorrow in you.

Every pity, every love,

Every memory, woven into fire.

Every breath is in you, every cry,

Every longing in you.

Every singing, every hope,

Every healing, woven into fire.

Every heart is in you,

Every tongue, every trembling in you,

Every blessing, every soul,

Every shining, woven into fire.

まほろ駅前狂騒曲・番外地 三浦しをん  5/31/17

June 1, 2017