small interlude: Bartók plays Bartók and where’s Budapest when you need it?!

Happy memories:

Yesterday I rediscovered this album on my Ipod: historic recordings of Bartok playing his own works (as well as some baroque). I bought this cd-collection in Budapest 12 years ago on an exhausting 5 day student trip (with 2-day coach trip from Belgium included…argh!). The trip itself wasn’t that great, organized by the student association who was more into Hungarian discos than you know, actual culture. Or at least anything that didn’t just include booze and decibels.
Luckily I managed to escape on our last full day in that gorgeous city, where eastern and western influences mix and create a magical atmosphere…

With some creative navigating (I had a map, but didn’t know which side of the river I was on!) I found the old centre, and in those few hours I was on my own (we had agreed to meet somewhere in the center) I found Franz Liszt’s birthplace, tried one of those tiny but oh so scrumptuous pies and discovered this one cd shop…I found those CDs of Bartok playing his own music and for that alone the trip was worth it! These were CDs that you just couldn’t find in Belgium back then.

Now you must know that Eastern European (classical) music (scores and recordings) used to be quite affordable compared to the Western kind. So when you or someone you knew went on holiday, you asked them if they could bring back music…
That’s to say, my Mom had some piano learning books which she got from a friend who brought it back for her, with lots of Bartok, Kabalevsky and a bunch of others from which I learned to play the piano. Which was tons more fun than some of those dull Belgian/French method books! Especially Bartok almost comes naturally when you’re a kid, the brightly colored muscial themes and harmonics are straightforward and recognizable, although not in a traditional classical way. His music for kids reminds me the books/illustrations of Dick Bruna (from Nijntje 😉 )

library school made me do it.

disclaimer: no books have been hurt in the making of this post.

wait -no, I lied…

I’ve become a serial book killer!

And the joy it gave me… :-p

Have a look for yourself.
See, I needed gift boxes for the art market I’m participating in in July. And I wanted something special, and totally me.

I had been thinking about it for a bit, and then suddenly it all came together: a friend who showed me how origami boxes were folded, I went through some boxes at the KANTL of books that were up to be dumped, I saved an unused 1956 journal from the dump as well (unrelated to the KANTL though), and I remembered some ancient music scores that I received years ago, as a heritage of an old lady who I’d never known. And when I got busy I added some cheapo Shakespeare edition to the mix! You know, the kind with paper yellowing the day after you bought it, and sloppy prints with words and passages left out or misprinted…I bought it years ago, so proud I had all of Shakespeare in one band….
So I cut all the books open (yay for old bound books & scores, as they are so much easier and neater to “dissect” than those bloody paperbacks!) and glued a merry collage on square newspaper leaves. Then I cut those collages in 4 and started folding them. (Are you tickled? I got my step-by-step video tutorial from here.)

These are a few favorites:

Le Petit Pischna. Believe me, I’m doing pianists all over the world a big favour by (graciously) getting rid of one of his scores. I’ve played it. (though not from this score, the remarks in crayon weren’t for me. For once…)
The scores -in floppy oversized pre-1960 style- proved very easy to fold too, as if the pages had been waiting all this time to become an objet d’art like this… LOL

The 1956 journal. I saved from an old paper dump (I don’t scavenge dumps all that much though, or at all! But it’s just….if I see something that can be re-used I can’t leave it.) I don’t know why it appealed to me this much. But it was totally unused, apart from a few addresses and a calculation of telephone calls in the back. How mysterious! I don’t know who it has belonged to.

The map of Northern/Southern Limburg (Netherlands/Belgium) from a lonesome tome on the 19th century history of the region.

No need to explain that one…

…and this is a close up of the stamp I had made. It’s just so much fun to stamp things! :-p Not even a year working for the government and I’ve already developed a stamp fetish. Oh well… LOL

Chopin’s ballads

Only they can comfort me today it seems. I just put the cd on the computer since my radio/cd-player doesn’t play cds anymore (I won’t throw it out just because the cd player doesn’t work!).

And I think I’ve fallen in love with Blogger and all the neat little features to mould it into your own page!

Yeah, I don’t have much to say really. Today I’ve been cleaning the house, computer and garden for most of my day and spent it mostly on my own, so naturally I start talking to myself in this pretty new blog…

I’m trying out some styles and colours for necklaces for friends, and hope to work a bit on my website but I have to juggle with my time and energy.