The Practice: Sydney Conservatorium of Music

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Rafal Ociepka on February 10, 2008

Ian, what a great shot! Good captured moment, congratulations!

Majlend Bramo on February 11, 2008

This is a great "stolen" shot, well done,

Cheers Ian!

EVA_L on February 11, 2008

Magnificent, Yan. Such impression, that I hear the music! Best wishes. Eva

Ian Stehbens on February 12, 2008

Majlend and Rafal,

You are right for I didn't seek permission either to be on the premises (it was late on Saturday) or to take her photo. Though I wasn't using a flash she some how realized and looked around just as it was taken, and I gave her a wave and she waved back and went on with her practice.

I later had opportunity to observe a euphonium and piano rehearsal and the musicians were flattered to be photographed but it wasn't the same as taking an "unaware" photo.



It gives me joy to have you appreciate the picture and the moment. What did you hear her playing?


Rafal Ociepka on February 12, 2008

So you had a luck, that you was late, because this documentary-style's picture is a really great. What did she play? Chopin? :-)

Kind regards

EVA_L on February 12, 2008

It is Beethoven's lunar sonata! Don't you hear, dear Yan? Eva

Majlend Bramo on February 12, 2008

If we can't "stole" a moment from an other person's life, we can't really do anything...just make some panorama picture... it would be a pity! The last sunday a priest was complaining with me because I did not ask the permission for taking some shot outside his church, where some people were drinking and talking. I've took other 3 picture just for make him angry and I went away :)

Cheers, Ian

Ian Stehbens on February 12, 2008

It was very haunting music that I could hear faintly seeping out of the practice studio and I felt drawn. I didn't recognize the piece, but now I know that it was Beethoven's lunar sonata: gentle, rhythmic, consoling, expressively beautiful. Thank you for listening attentively, Eva.. Yan

I was escorting a group of university students from Korea, whose majors are music. I took them to the Conservatorium on a Saturday to casually see the wonderful and unique building, to meet the occasional student and to listen to any practice or performance that was going on. After a while, this particular studio was vacated by this student and the bright lights were on inviting our students to quietly enter. Drawn to the keyboard, one sat and began to play the most scintillating music, filling the room with powerful audible fragrance. Her hands graced the notes and her heart began to soar. Attracted by the beauty of this music, a security man who couldn't be found earlier, arrived and stopped to listen to the beginning performance. As our other students stood at the doorway, he realised that this was something special, and therefore he inquired who she was. When told that she was a visitor he promptly ended the joy and hunted her out! His was an important task to ensure that only those authorised could touch the piano. Law of grace? Rule or beauty?

I'd be interested to see even one of your defiant pictures, Majlend, please. Ian

Majlend Bramo on February 13, 2008

Ok, I will,

Cheers Ian

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