Classical music means ‘well arranged, dignified, everlasting, and exemplary’, and the name comes from ‘Classicus’, the highest class of the 6 Roman citizen class levels.
Classical music in the musical world originally meant the musicians’ music such as Haydn-Mozart-Beethoven, but today, all the Western music including the Baroque music of Handel and Bach in the previous period, the Romantic music of Schubert, Chopin, Schumann, Wagner, and Brahms, and the Nationalist School of Tchaikovsky, Smetana, Dvorak, and Grieg at the end of the 19th century are all called as the Classical music.
In 1812, Napoleon, who dominated the whole Europe, invaded Russia with his army of 600,000 but was defeated by severe coldness, diseases, and starvation. By then, each country in Europe became eager for independence and the society sprang with national consciousness. This aspect was reflected in music, and it was obvious that the movement of Nationalism or the Nationalist School would first take place in Russia, where Napoleon was defeated for the first time.
Tchaikovsky, who introduced the Russian music to the whole world, was the pioneer in the Nationalist School and the modern music who led the flow of the music in the world. Tchaikovsky, who was very introverted and timid, majored in music at the age of 22, at an age a little later than others. His music of Piano Concerto No. 1 was rejected by Rubinshoetain, and the Violin Concerto was rejected by Auer, the king of violin. However, his music was known to the world when Hans von Bulow, the friend of Brahms, performed the piece in Boston.
Rubinshoetain was the person who sincerely tried to help Tchaikovsky, but he was written in the musical history as the one who did not realize the masterpiece. Listening to this Piano Concerto No. 1 made me meditate on how careful you should be when judging others.
The death of Tchaikovsky comes on very unexpectedly. It was known that he died of cholera suddenly after performing Symphony No. 6 Pathetic in November 6, 1883, however he actually died of drinking the arsenic when he was afraid that his scandal of being a homosexual would be exposed.
The name Bohemia currently indicates the Western region of the Czech Republic1). Smetana was the pioneer who built the Bohemian national music, and it was Dvorak who secured it.
Dvorak, the composer, had an amicable personality like Handel and Haydn, and did not have a life full of ups and downs like others. He entered as a composer easily by the support of Brahms, and received applause even from England, where only great musicians like Handel, Haydn, and Mendelssohn won plaudits. He went over to America when he was invited as the director of the New York National Conservatory. His major work, Symphony No. 9 the New World, is famous for being the piece that Armstrong listened to as he landed on the moon.
Like this, Tchaikovsky had Hans; Dvorak had Brahms; while Smetana, the composer of ‘My homeland (Moldau)’, had Liszt as the reliable supporter. Smetana had a great admiration for Liszt’s brilliant piano performances as a child, and wrote in his diary as ‘use piano techniques like Liszt, and compose like Mozart’. It is as if Liszt, after listening to the performance of Paganini, the genius violinist, decided to become the Paganini of Piano. In 1874, Smetana ends his life after losing his hearing just like Beethoven and suffering from schizophrenia like Schumann.
The professors of the internal medicine department at Harvard Medical School treat patients for about two months a year. The professors divide the outpatients and the inpatients, and either make their rounds of the inpatients for the full two months, or treat only the outpatients once a week. The rounds include the discussion of the patients in the middle of rounding with the interns, the residents, the fellows, and the nurses. The image of the professors exchanging opinions and telling their own past experiences while making the rounds for 30-40 patients about 4-6 hours a day made me think how great teachers as well as reliable supporters they are.
In October 24th, Formula 1 racing was held at Yeongam, the place right next to Haenam.
F1, which is the road race game using one-person race car, was first held in 1950. For this Korean Grand Prix tournament, Beom HeeSeung, the director of the Hwasun Hospital who gave a special lecture on the 2008 Haenam General Hospital opening anniversary, was the medical aid team leader, and Professor Lee JunYeong, an orthopedist at Chosun University who used to work at the Haenam General Hospital as the chief of orthopedics 10 years ago, was also a team member.
In October 26th, I gave a special lecture on diabetes at the Department of Nursing Science in Seogang Information University, and in the 21st, there was a lecture in the Haenam General Hospital by Professor Lim Sungchul from Jeonnam University, and in the 29th, by Professor Yun Nara from the Infection internal medicine department of Chosun University.
Then, see you again in Boston and Musician 9.
Yang Tae Young from Haenam, October 31st, 2010
Department of internal medicine, taeyoung21 clinic
Studied in Joslin Diabetes Center, Harvard Medical School (2009-2010)
Picture: Lectures by Professors Lim Sungchul and Yun Nara (top), the F1 Finals on the rainy day (bottom)
1) 체코슬로바키아 : 체크와 슬로바키아를 합쳐 부를 때 ‘와’에 해당되는 철자가 로 체크가 체코가 되었으므로 두 나라가 분리된 지금은 체코가 아니고 체크로 부르는게 맞습니다.