In music class many years ago, we did a group exercise with the entire class. A piece of classical music was played and students had to tell the story that they felt the music was conveying. We did this with several pieces during the class. We weren’t told anything about the pieces in advance – so we could not be influenced by the composer or the time period. Different pieces brought out similar stories from many of us. Everyone had a slightly different connection to each piece but there was often a common thread between the various stories.
This took place over 25 years ago. While I do not remember the exact pieces of music, I do remember the exercise and the realization that a piece of music could tell an actual story without using words. I had been playing music for at least 6 years at this point in my life but this one exercise was a light bulb moment for me. It gave me an entirely new understanding and appreciation of music. And it taught me just how much of an artist a composer was – to be able to paint such a vivid picture in your mind by using sound was definitely an amazing talent.
Do you have a favourite piece of music that evokes a story for you?