Extraordinary Sonata Stories

A little blog reversal today, if that’s ok. This is a call for Sonata stories, please. Read more, below.

Hi Sonatafolks!
I’m just back from NYC where I gave 4 piano master classes and had such a wonderful time. I’m all piano-pumped, which is a great feeling.

I’d love to keep up the positive energy: please share a Sonata story that, to you, was extraordinary. No need to write anything long or detailed, just a little tale to tell. I find so many of these stories heartwarming and since many of you only go to one Sonata camp, it’s great to hear about stories that are from other sessions.

If you have one to share, please try to respond by Wednesday morning (after that I’ll be a little too busy to put this all together). I’ll print these out and put them in a “Sonata Memories” folder for everyone to browse through when they come to camp.

Thank you all!
P.S. Either post your response here on this blog (scroll down) or send to piano@sonatina.com THANK YOU!

About Polly van der Linde

Pianist, teacher, director of International Piano Camps in VT, for adults and children of all levels of ability
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3 Responses to Extraordinary Sonata Stories

  1. Richard Recht says:

    Hi Polly,

    Just top keep you up to date. I visited a couple of hours last week with Bev. She is doing incredibly well, both physically and mentally, given the circumstances. It’s a real reflection of her always upbeat attitude.

    Bev doesn’t know when or if she will be able to involve her left hand in playing the piano. Some Sonatans (does such a term exist) are helping her find right hand pieces and looking for pieces that would do well in a two people two hands format. (A good opportunity four us to strengthen our left hands.) We’re still hoping for Sonata Camp for her next year.


    • Richard, Thanks so much for the update. I hope to come to CA in August and will make sure that I have the opportunity to visit Bev. I will look for some more right handed repertoire for her.

  2. Stories that come to my mind are (I’m leaving out the details for brevity but am sharing the headlines):

    Taylor being born on the first day of the Spring Sonata in 1997 (he was a month early).
    Autumn Sonata putting on a production of “I Love a Piano” for the Friday night antics.
    September Sonata putting on a “Do Re Mi” tune that took over a million years, starting in 500 BC as apes, then cavemen with clubs.
    A Sonata member announcing to his Sonata session that he was going to marry his partner and asked if another Sonata member, a judge, do the honors.
    For many, overcoming a deep fear of performing.
    For some, indulging themselves in piano lessons and Sonata piano camp when they were not offered this as a child.
    Making new piano friends. Some, for life. The oddest mix of people have the commonality of the piano.
    Learning about some of the extraordinary things people do outside of camp: i.e. Spring Sonata camper, figuring out how to cap the BP oil spill. And, it wasn’t even his job!
    People playing piano to heal otherwise difficult times whether due to physical or mental health.
    Enjoying the thrill of having a newbie take the risk to come to camp and watch them become a part of this new piano family.
    Having a celebrity arrive to camp a few hours early (so her hubby could make sure our program was ok) and finding me in a sweaty clothes. I had no clue who she was. Hubby knew she was in the right place and she got to immerse herself in everything piano.
    Hearing about a Sonata camper coming to piano camp incredibly ill – knowing that it kept her alive longer because of her passion and need to be a part of camp again.
    Mourning the loss of some of our piano pals and honoring them in the Reingarden by planting some trees/shrubs.
    Never forgetting how the 2001 September Sonata, which was scheduled for right after 9-11 came together to offer rides for those who were across country due to not knowing if there were any flights available. We formed a piano chain!!!
    The laughter that ensues during Monsters.
    The relationships that have come out of camp. I think there have been at least 3 couples who found each other here at camp!
    The “book.” Yeah, gotta mention Noah Adams, for sure. As well as other publicity from CNN and the NYTimes from our very own Katie Hafner.
    My own experience “discovering” Tony Cicoria’s story of the lightning bolt. It’s different than what was written about in the Oliver Sacks book.
    Me, enjoying every one of you, in your contribution to camp. I become energized by your presence and enjoy working with you at the piano.

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