Benjamin Zander Transformative Power Of Classical Music Analysis

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In 2008, Benjamin Zander presented the “transformative power of classical music.” Benjamin Zander is a passionate conductor and a communicator about classical music. According to the TED website, he conduct the Boston Philharmonic. The best statement that I found on the TED website describing Zander is that “he uses music to help people open their minds and create joyful harmonies that bring out the best in themselves and their colleagues.” After watching his presentation, I went back to this statement. This is exactly who he really is. Benjamin Zander’s presentation is inspiring. This video made me recognize the full worth of classical music. It is not just a music that makes someone sleepy. It is a music that can move an individual, and…show more content…
When he practices and take lessons for another year, he will get better (have less impulse). However, at the age of ten, according to Zander, they usually give up. They never knew that with just one more year of practice, they would be able play the piano with one impulse on the whole phrase. For me, this is a good illustration of the idea of not giving up. We will never know that at just one step, we can reach our goal. The second main takeaway that I got is the meaning of “deceptive cadence.” We talked about it in class, but Benjamin Zander illustrated it clearly. He played the notes B, A, G, and F. He then asked the audience what’s going to be next. We all know that it is E, but according to Zander, Chopin didn’t want to reach the E because it will be over. He associated the deceptive cadence in Chopin’s music, with Shakespeare’s Hamlet. When he found out that his uncle killed his father, he keeps going to his uncle and ‘almost’ killing him. He repeated his action through Act one, but ended up killing him in Act five. Instead of ending the play in Act one (killing his uncle), Shakespeare added more materials. The same thing happened with Chopin’s music. Instead of ending it at that moment, he added more

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