Emotion in Music: Itzhak Perlman

Written by Zhenbang Wu.

Photo by Zhenbang

Every music has a story to tell.

On November 10, Itzhak Perlman and Rohan De Silva gave us a violin-piano duo performance at Krannert Center of the Performing Arts. Their music is so emotional that each seems to have a story to tell.

Among all the pieces they played, I especially like the one they played in the encore, “Schindler’s List”. The long soulful melodies suddenly bring me back to the time I first saw the film Schindler’s List.

Screenshot from Schindler’s List.

It reminds me of this particular scene in Schindler’s List: little girl in red is so prominent among the people in black suites. She looks so little and fragile, but we can still feel the power of life coming from that little girl. When I first saw the film, I didn’t pay too much attention to the background music. I even didn’t realize that this song will invoke so many feelings from me.

Unlike the actor and actress in the film, who actually show up and perform the story. The musicians work in the backstage. Their music doesn’t tell anything but it holds all the emotions. And that’s the power of music.

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