Daily Archives: April 20, 2015
Seymour: An Introduction
I had the privilege and pleasure and joy of watching this film today.
Seymour Bernstein was a concert pianist until age 50, when he quit performing to become a piano teacher. Ethan Hawke (Boyhood, Before Midnight, Before Sunset, Before Sunrise) directed the documentary after a chance meeting with Mr. Bernstein at a dinner party in Manhattan.
Somehow I felt like I knew that this film was going to be something special, and indeed it was. I cannot think of any other film in recent or distant memory where my tears were in response to the exquisite beauty of the music.
At one point in the film, he quoted Robert Schumann. I wanted to include the quote here, but was not able to memorize it and unable to find it. Next time I watch the film, I will take special note of that quote and share it. For now, just listen to this: