by Hannah Schmidt ·
First published on April 1st, 2020 in German VAN Magazine
2020 has gone bust. The Bayreuth Festival is cancelled and the great Mahler Festival in Amsterdam, thousands of concerts, both large and small, and numerous opera performances, the big Beethoven year has been a year without music, so far. Many musicians sit in their apartments and fear for their existence, and very many, whether they have been hit existentially or not, are trying to do something different. The pianist Sophie Pacini only leaves her house in exceptional cases and therefore spends a lot of time on her private grand piano, in what she calls her “workshop”. Practice, reflect, practice. The musicianship continues. A certain defiance is noticeable in the community, the desire to simply continue as best as possible – and this manifests itself above all in streaming videos that appear everywhere in social networks. Are we doing ourselves a favor?
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