Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Cristofori's Dream

As the music begins we find our selves in little Italian village. It is the
1700's. The sun is going down and the stars are coming out.  Looking through
a leaded glass window we see Cristofori hard at work in his harpsichord
shop. (picture Walt Disney's Geppeto)

It has been a rather long and frustrating day for Cristofori as he has been
putting in long hours and hoping for a breakthrough on his new invention
(which will eventually transform the harpsichord into his imagined piano
forte.)

With the days work done, Cristofori puts his tools aside, lays his head down
on his workbench, and falls to sleep.

As Cristofori sleeps, he begins to dream. And as the music continues, two
beautiful dream goddesses appear. Through their impressionistic dance and a
dream sequence,  Cristofori is shown the evolution his invention will go
through in the next several hundred years. He is also given a sense of the
tremendous impact the piano will have on the world of music.

Eventually Cristofori finds himself standing in a balcony overlooking a
beautiful concert hall. Center stage is a 9' concert grand piano and a full
symphony orchestra which are now playing together as the piece is reaching
it's musical peak.

As  the peak is reached, everything begins to slowly spin and spiral
downwards. Cristofori awakes very inspired by his dream and even though it
is still the middle of the night, he relights his candle, reaches for his
tools, and goes back to work.

Now the music slowly begins to wind down much like a child's music
box.....and as the very last chord of the song sounds...Cristofori's
harpsichord... changes magically into a piano.....Cristofori's Dream.

8 comments:

  1. Wonderful post about one of my favorite pieces of your art!

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  2. Wow, thanks for the insight David

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  3. Absolutely fell in love with this piece several years ago....heard it first at church and it brought tears to my eyes...the ebb and flow of emotion. I shared on facebook yesterday because I listened to it ony lunch break at work and it seemed to be perfect for this time of year...as we reflect on what we've gone thru more and are perhaps more curiously hopeful for the coming year...in fulfilling our dreams.

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  4. A very inspiring piece of music.

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  5. David, I have to tell you that this song speaks to my soul. When I had my two girls a year apart, I would listen to this song and look at the miracles I was holding and the emotions are undescribable. Your song was a gift from God just like my beautiful babies and all I can say is I know that when I heard it and to experience them both together was amazing to me. That song will always bring to mind the miracle of life and love for me. I just knew it had to have a beautiful inspiration and I was not disappointed. I loved the part about the two goddesses for obvious reasons:)

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  6. This song and album got me through some very difficult times during the first Gulf War. I would listen to it every evening...It's funny because it always took me to someplace in the future away from battle and gave me great hope for things ahead. It is ironic now hearing what the inspiration for the song is...that Cristofori was given a glimpse of things to come. Thank you for the wonderful song.

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  8. Thank you for creating such wonderful music...Cristofori's Dream has been a special piece for healing and encouragement since 1990. Thank you!!!

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