Last Fall I took a course in Mindfulness Meditation ~ Transcendence, Well-Being and Positive Aging ~ with the OLLI at UVA (Osher Life-Long Learning Institute). It emphasized the benefits of maintaining a transcendent mindset through meditation. One of those attending the class mentioned that he was offering a course in Spring called ‘Piano Solos’. I thought to myself that this sounded like the kind of course that would be perfect to follow up the meditation course. And it is!
The instructor is 82 years old and plays Chopin by memory! I haven’t been a real fan of classical music. Just dabbled in it every now and then. It does have a transcendent quality about it that I’m finding very relaxing.
The more interesting part of the class is learning about the composers who wrote this genre of music. In many cases they were genuises. Frederic Chopin was 7 years old when he wrote his first symphony and 8 years old when he first performed. “He was a Polish composer and virtuoso pianist of the Romantic era who wrote primarily for solo piano. He has maintained worldwide renown as a leading musician of his era, one whose “poetic genius was based on a professional technique that was without equal in his generation.”” Wikipedia He was 39 years old when he died, probably of pericarditis aggravated by tuberculosis.
One of the many nice things about positive aging is having the time to learn more about the many things you didn’t have the time to learn about during your busier, younger years.