Saturday, October 7, 2017

He overcomes through music

Two days ago we happened into the middle of a work on classical WFMT;  it captured our imagination sufficiently to track it down when we returned home from the playlists.  It was Tobias Picker's Romances and Interludes.  

We found these program notes on it from an Indiana U performance:  "Romances and Interludes was inspired by Robert Schumann’s Drei Romanzen for oboe and piano. Composed by Schumann in 1849, Drei Romanzen is the only contribution of an original solo work by a major Romantic composer to the entire 19th-century oboe literature. Picker embedded these pieces in his own composition which flows breathlessly through a succession of romances and interludes introduced by a prelude."

We had not heard the name Tobias Picker before, and have started exploring his work.  Enroute, we came across his own comeback story, and share it here:

'How making music helped me fight Tourette's' - The Jewish Chronicle

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