Sunday, May 20, 2018

Our Last Recital

Through the years as parents, my wife and I have watched many piano, violin, and trombone recitals and orchestra performances of our children.  The last ever of these occurred yesterday, when our youngest child, our daughter Gabi, played her final violin recital.  She has taken piano, violin, and voice for many years.  She played three numbers, two of which were a surprise.  She played the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 35: 2nd and 3rd Movements.  We surprised her teacher when all three of my daughters played for him, whom we refer to as Papa Chukhlov, the Allegro of Vivaldi's Concerto in F Major for Three Violins and Piano.  Gabi and Papa Chukhlov surprised us with a violin duet of Dmitri Shostakovich's Romance (from The Gadfly).  Here is the latter.


Anonymous said...

Do you think parents should have in their philosophy of raising children to have them play an instrument? It seems like many parents will pay a lot of money to put their kids in sports programs but don’t think about the benefits of a musical instrument for serving the Lord. Do you think it was worth the investment for all those years? What motivated and inspired you to have all your kids play instruments? How important is the right teacher?


Kent Brandenburg said...

Thanks for asking Frank.

One, praising God in music is commanded in the Bible. Two, scripture teaches to play skillfully. Three, great is the Lord and greatly to be praised. Four, this is biblical and, therefore, spiritual, and he that sows to the Spirit reaps life eternal. Some things are eternal. Bodily exercise profits little, and I think Paul means, only for a little time. Five, it is useful in the corporate worship of the church, making melody to the Lord.

All depending, sports can have some benefit. As long as that benefit for God is kept in mind, it could be valuable, especially for boys, to develop toughness, certain other character traits in the way of strength. It isn't as directly related as the music though.

We spent 20% of our budget (at least) on lessons. It's a matter of what we think is important. There is no money we've spent that we enjoy more than what they can do, and it does much more than just the music.

Conviction from scripture motivated the lessons. We believed in it. That gets you through the difficult times. I watched other examples before that and emulated them.

It's hard to explain how important good teaching is. We live in an area where there is a lot of opportunity to get great teachers. It's almost impossible to reach your goals without great teachers.