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Solitude is Oneself: three piano pieces by Juan María Solare Description of the cycle of piano pieces Solitude is Oneself by Argentine composer Juan María Solare (born 1966), which can be listen to in Spotify here: https://open.spotify.com/album/6KffxzDSVYJqZuNEK3Bj0h
These piano pieces were composed in Bremen, Germany, from 9 to 15 May 2018. The individual titles are: 1 Never Underestimate the Difficulties of Simple Things 2 Too Much But Still Not Enough 3 Waiting for Perfection is Waiting Forever This is tranquil, relaxing, "chill", minimalist, expressive music for solo piano. The music can be "used" for meditation, study, learning, sleeping, relax or praying. The phrase where the title (Solitude is Oneself) comes from belongs to Javier Adúriz (19482011), Argentine poet, one of my best teachers and friends. The original Spanish reads "La soledad es uno mismo" and comes from a short poem from the book called "Palabra sola" (1971): Acaso sea el tiempo el solo tiempo de la noche sola en que la soledad es uno mismo. Don't see any negative aspects in Solitude. In Spanish there is only one word for Solitude and Loneliness (namely "Soledad"). Loneliness is a state of isolation, without dialog, feeling abandoned and without external points of reference. But I conceive Solitude as a highely creative state, in which one is faced to what one actually wants to achieve, with one's thoughts, with one's self. Never Underestimate the Difficulties of Simple Things. Lots of times I have seen this in several persons - and in myself: when something is simple, easy and uncomplicated, we tend to underestimate it too much and its hidden difficulties end up tackling us. We leave to the last moment a text that seems easy to learn, and we do not assimilate it as we could. Or a chess game that is (really) won, but we feel over-confident, we play with superficiality, we make slight mistakes one after the other and loose control of the situation. This title can be understood as self-referent: this particular piano piece seems to be simple... until you try to perform it really well and record it. Too Much But Still Not Enough. The title aludes to current life in thos human groups or societies that put an extremely strong stress in performance/efficiency at all costs, at any price. If you don't get first prizes always, non-stop, you are a nobody. If you get a second place in a maraton where a thousand participated, your only merit is being the best of the loosers. If you are the subchampion / www.JuanMariaSolare.com
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runner-up of anything, nobody will remember you in a few years. This obsession for all or nothing leads to high levels of anxiety. All that you do is too much for your (mental, affective or physical) health, but anyway not enough for the system. Waiting for Perfection is Waiting Forever: There are several forms of perfectionism, and some are harmful, noxious. We expect from others, or from ourselves, a perfection that belongs to an angelic world, not that of human beings. We hope that our partner does not have shortcomings or defects (Prince Charming Syndrome), we expect our teachers and parents to answer all our questions, we expect that our children have a perfect discipline, we hope to do an immaculate, faultless, unobjectionable job, always. Some human beings can do it (they can be called geniuses). For many others, such expectation can be a burden that slows us down, that undermines our energy, our motivation, our confidence in our strengths. The excess of perfectionism can paralyze. (Of course, the absence of any wish to improve is equally harmful.) About the ArtWork / Cover Art of Solitude is Oneself:
It shows a human face (concretely the composer's) faced simmetrically to its silhouette, in black. This illustration alludes to the title: Solitude is Oneself. Is oneself (the person) facing his own solitude, his internal misterious being. A real human facing his own shadow. It is not a negative shadow: is the shadow of which Shamanism speaks, the own shadow from where one draws strength. These piano pieces are dedicated to Mr. Cadmiel Pérez from República Dominicana.
Solitude is Oneself was recorded by the composer in two versions: electric piano (Rhodes) and acoustic grand piano (Steinway). This album was released on Friday 17 August 2018 on Spotify, Deezer, Apple Music, Qobuz, Tidal, Amazon mp3 and nearly all streaming platforms you can imagine. In Spotify is here: https://open.spotify.com/album/6KffxzDSVYJqZuNEK3Bj0h In Bandcamp is here: https://juanmariasolare.bandcamp.com/album/solitude-is-oneself If you read Spanish you can find more about this music here: https://es.quora.com/blog/musica-neoclasica/La-soledad-es-uno-mismo-m%C3%BAsica-parapiano Find the sheet music in SMP, Sheet Music Plus (very reasonably priced: 3 dollars) https://www.sheetmusicplus.com/title/20791799?aff_id=565049