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La Piccioletta Barca - Issue 16

In defence of tonality

In the closing bars of Rachmaninoff’s Prelude 10, Opus 32, we hear an airy, arpeggiated B major chord climb the keys, only to chromatically and resignedly sink back down to a low, closely spaced B minor chord, upon which the piece ends.

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Deceptive Simplicity and Erik Satie

If, like me, Satie’s work holds meaning for you, I invite you to examine the hidden intricacies of his other works, all examples of an intelligent mind’s ability to mold beauty from simplicity using a deep understanding of craft.

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Siri Livingston

Siri Livingston

As a second-year Music student at Cambridge, I’d like my writings to convey to you the intense wonder, appreciation, and even transcendence I feel in relation to composition and music appreciation, often through music history, the philosophy of music, analysis, or a blend of the three. Philosophy, cinema, literature, language and the visual arts are also areas that I dip into, so expect anything from a spiel on a single painting, bits of prose, or an in-depth etymology of my favourite words. The common aim and motivation of my writings is aesthetic appreciation, unabashed enthusiasm, and a profound love of humanity. Oh, and a self-conscious desire for luftmensch status.

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