{AHS Lesson 8} Music To My Ears

Hello, class! I’m happy that you all reached the Singapore Conference Hall on time. I believe you all have bought your tickets to the concert already, right? Without further ado, let’s enter the concert!

Students: “Woahhhh… There’s so many people!”

Hurry up and sit down!

Emcees: “Good evening, audience. Welcome to the ✨Lumiére✨ concert, proudly presented to you by Dunman High’s Symphonic Band cum Alumni! ”

Oh, here come the musicians~

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Emcees: “First up, we will be performing Danse Bacchanale from Saint-Saëns most famous opera, Samson and Delilah! Sit back, relax and enjoy~”

If you want to listen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dEUYMYbV7XM

Okay students, so there are a few music terms to describe the pace, mood, intensity of the performance. Let’s learn some through the course of this concert 🙂 The music terms may not be present in the performance, but I will just introduce one for each.

1) Maestoso – very majestic and grand playing

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Emcees: “Next up, we’ll be playing the theme song from Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (Kaze no Tani no Nausicaä), which is a 1984 anime.”

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If you want to listen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r1EiGG–eXc

2) Crescendo – gradual increase in loudness and intensity

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Emcees: “Last but not least, the Finale from Shostakovich’s 5th Symphony.”

3) Pianississimo – very soft (opposite of fortissimo)

4) Fortissimo – very loud (opposite of pianississimo)

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Emcees: “This marks the end of the concert.”

Audience: “ENCORE! ENCORE! ENCORE!”

Surprisingly, the conductor went back on stage and the musicians began playing the final song – a medley of Adele’s popular songs, namely Someone Like You, Set Fire To The Rain, and Rolling In The Deep.

5) Estinto – extinguished, almost inaudible, even softer than pianississimo

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Emcees: “This is really the end of the concert. We hope you have a wonderful night. Thank you!”

To summarise, we learnt maestoso, crescendo, pianississimo, fortissimo, and estinto.

And yes, all this is the exact same concert I attended 5 hours before writing this post. I have very little understanding of classical music, but I went to support my friends who had practiced a lot the past several months and were in the performance. Even so, I really enjoyed it! Thank you everyone for the performance, especially Min Low, Hazel Chua and Nicole Foo!

Anyways, that’s the end of class. Thanks for reading!

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Losing the most precious one,

We cry and weep for their death.

We run away from reality and live in denial.

We resent at the unfairness of the world.

We despair and lose all hope.

 

But their soul remains with you,

Remains by your side for eternity.

 In the end, it is not them who you had lost,

But the hope and will to live.

 

Continue living your life.

For those who were not able to.

Continue dreaming your dreams.

For those who are no longer able to.

Continue fulfilling your wishes.

For those who wanted to.

Continue,

For those who cannot continue.

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Tokyo Ghoul Episode 9

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Same Difference

Tokyo Ghoul Episode 8

Humans and ghouls may be different in many aspects, but both are after all the same kind of species. And both have the same desire to live.

Credits to “The Overencumbrance Blog” for using this Shakespeare quote from “The Merchant of Venice” as title:

If you prick us, do we not bleed? If you tickle us, do we not laugh? If you poison us, do we not die? And if you wrong us, shall we not revenge?

I am in no way trying to copy, but I feel that this quote is so famous and so relevant to the message I am trying to convey.

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Empathy

Tokyo Ghoul Episode 8

Full of injustice, you ask, “Was there any reason for him to be killed?”

Full of criticism, I retort, “Was there any reason for you to kill in the first place?”

Humans kill ghouls and are unable to comprehend why ghouls take revenge.

The answer is so simple; so obvious: Because it’s tit for tat.

Do you understand what it feels like?

Empathy is the key to peace. If we are unable to feel what other people are feeling, it will lead to conflicts. And in the end, no one will benefit.

For clarification purposes, the black-haired guy is a human while the girl with the dark blue hair is a ghoul.

This episode had been the best one so far in my opinion. I stated my opinions on the cycle of bloodshed between human and ghoul in the previous episode, and this week, not only did they affirmed my stand, but introduced Kaneki’s power as well. Tokyo Ghoul has become one of my favourite animes this season.

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