1565. Hitting the right note

Xiu Cheung was a fabulous concert pianist. She had appeared on the world stage at the age of fourteen and had never looked back. At first it was Chopin and Liszt. By the time she was in her mid-twenties she had married her manager and was in demand throughout the world to play well-nigh impossible piano concertos with every significant orchestra on the planet.

The utter apex of her art was reached in Strasbourg. She played Prokofiev’s Third Piano Concerto. It was an unbelievable success.

Never had this concerto been tackled with such energy, such grace, such delicacy, such boldness, such… There was not a human emotion that Xiu Cheung didn’t wring from the music. The finale was as if a ten-tonne bulldozer had crashed onto the stage in a spectacle of utter destruction. The standing ovation lasted more than twenty minutes. From where did Xiu Cheung derive such energy? Such desire? How could anyone be driven to such passion?

Of course, it helped that her manager-husband was sitting dead as a doornail in the Green Room with Xiu Cheung’s nail scissors plunged deep in his chest.

22 thoughts on “1565. Hitting the right note

  1. observationblogger

    I was about to look up this performance until I read the finale. Her manager-husband must have had something to do with her being in such demand around the world. Perhaps what drove to her such heights is what drove her to kill?

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      1. observationblogger

        Oh wow, I have something pretty extraordinary to look forward to hearing, even if she didn’t kill anyone. Thanks Bruce. I’ll report back. My favourite piano concerto I’ve ever heard is Rachmaninov’s piano concerto 2 Mov No2. Between that and Amadeus’ Requiem I’m unsure is what music is finer. I hope I find it one day!

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