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Episodio 7: Non è mai troppo tardi per imparare la musica

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Imparare a suonare uno strumento musicale quando non si è più giovani è una sfida. Ma non è mai troppo tardi per inseguire una passione.

Italian

 

Imparare a suonare uno strumento musicale in età avanzata può essere difficile.

Ma non è mai troppo tardi per perseguire la propria passione.

Renate Kordic, ha composto la sua prima canzone dopo solo un anno di lezioni di pianoforte.

Renate Kordic è emigrata dalla Germania in Australia con la sua famiglia più di sessant'anni fa. Come molti erano una famiglia povera di migranti.

Renate ha sempre desiderato suonare il pianoforte.

Ma è stato soltanto poco più di un anno fa, quando ha incontrato il suo attuale insegnante di musica, Greg Thompson, che è riuscita a realizzare il suo sogno.

“Greg and I started talking about music and then we came to an arrangement that I would teach him German and he would teach me the piano.”

Come ogni principiante, Renate ha iniziato esercitandosi suonando delle semplici scale.

E la notte del suo sessantesimo compleanno ha composto la sua prima canzone.

Ha condiviso la sua semplice melodia con Greg alla lezione successiva.

Insieme hanno deciso di trasformarla in una canzone che una giovane nipote di Renate, Leonie, avrebbe cantato in una competizione per far rivivere la loro lingua madre morente, un dialetto del nord della Germania chiamato "Platt-deutsch".

Renate e Greg, che vivono a Brisbane, hanno iniziato a scrivere la canzone con Leonie, che insegna musica in Germania, utilizzando i social media.

“Not only are we writing a song, but we’re writing a song in Plattdeutsh, which is Low German, which is the language in North Germany that has been spoken by the farmers and the fishermen, and as such it hasn't been seen as cool in the area of Ammerland specifically where I’ve come from, and people have realised that this is a huge loss to lose a language.”

Renate, con l'aiuto dei suoi parenti in Germania e dell'insegnante di musica Greg, ha creato un pezzo nostalgico, basato su un suo viaggio dalla Germania all'Australia.

Secondo Greg Thompson è stato il desiderio di trovare una motivazione ad aver permesso a Renate di raggiungere i suoi obiettivi nel campo della musica.

“I suppose it also goes back to the idea of making music meaningful. If you have a certain purpose, or a certain reason to learn or do something that actually makes it better as well. The idea of learning something just to learn it, that can happen but to have that added dimension, I think that's something special.”

Renate si è emozionata ascoltando Greg lavorare sugli ultimi ritocchi alla canzone con sua nipote Leonie, che la canta attraverso una cornetta del telefono dalla Germania, usando una piattaforma di social media.

L’esperienza di scrivere canzoni è più intensa del semplice imparare a suonare uno strumento secondo la professoressa Felicity Baker del Conservatorio di Melbourne.

In una sua ricerca si evince che attraverso la scrittura di canzoni, le persone con una forma di demenza ad uno stadio moderato possono manifestare miglioramenti alla loro memoria.

Typically, people are learning Mozart or Frank Sinatra or whatever it is, but when you write your own song, it’s your own story, so there’s that element of personal expression and personal meaning and that you are then sharing that with other people. So, the song doesn't just stay with you, you end up recording the song and sharing it with other people and it becomes a way to have meaningful relationships with other people that you don’t get when you’re just playing an instrument.”  

Lo studio della professoressa Baker ha mostrato profondi benefici terapeutici nel migliorare la memoria e la comunicazione dei pazienti affetti da demenza attraverso la composizione musicale.

La canzone di Renate, nel frattempo, si trova ancora in fase di completamento prima di essere presentata alla competizione musicale in programma a settembre.

Ma questo progetto l’ha già trasformata in una compositrice, qualcosa che non si sarebbe mai aspettata di diventare.

“I didn't ever see myself as a song writer. I came up with a few ideas and then I needed the expertise of other people to take that to the next level to add that magic and they've done that. It's just a wonderful thing to work creatively with other people and especially in the field of music. It has made my life more fulfilling, I’ve thoroughly enjoyed this. I don't know what my next challenge is going to be then. It's a bit like facing the unknown but it’s all wonderful. 

 


 

English

 

Learning a musical instrument later in life can be difficult.

However, it’s never too late to pursue your passion.

Piano novice Renate Kordic is writing her own song after just one year of piano lessons!

Renate Kordic immigrated to Australia with her family from Germany over sixty years ago.

They were poor migrants then.

Renate had wanted to play the piano her whole life.

It wasn’t until she met her current piano teacher Greg Thompson just over a year ago that she was able to realise her dream.

“Greg and I started talking about music and then we came to an arrangement that I would teach him German and he would teach me the piano.”

Just like any beginner, Renate started by practicing simple scales.

And on the night of her 60th year she composed her first song.

She shared these notes with Greg at the next lesson.

They decided to turn it into a piece that Renate’s young relative Leonie would sing in a competition to revive their dying mother tongue, Low German, also known as “Plattdeutsch”.

Brisbane-based Renate and Greg started writing a song with her niece Leonie and music teacher in Germany via social media.

“Not only are we writing a song, but we’re writing a song in Plattdeutsh, which is Low German, which is the language in North Germany that has been spoken by the farmers and the fishermen, and as such it hasn't been seen as cool in the area of Ammerland specifically where I’ve come from, and people have realised that this is a huge loss to lose a language.”

Renate isn’t fazed about the forgotten language.

With the help of her relatives in Germany, and music teacher Greg, she has created a piece about longing based on her journey from Germany to Australia.

Greg Thompson believes a sense of purpose is what motivated Renate’s musical endeavours. 

“I suppose it also goes back to the idea of making music meaningful. If you have a certain purpose, or a certain reason to learn or do something that actually makes it better as well. The idea of learning something just to learn it, that can happen but to have that added dimension, I think that's something special.”

An emotional Renate is listening to Greg fine-tuning the piece with her niece Leonie singing through speaker phone via social media from Germany.

The act of song-writing is more powerful than simply learning an instrument according to Professor Felicity Baker from the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music.

In her study, people with moderate stage dementia have improved their engagement and memory from writing songs.

Typically, people are learning Mozart or Frank Sinatra or whatever it is, but when you write your own song, it’s your own story, so there’s that element of personal expression and personal meaning and that you are then sharing that with other people. So, the song doesn't just stay with you, you end up recording the song and sharing it with other people and it becomes a way to have meaningful relationships with other people that you don’t get when you’re just playing an instrument.”   

Professor Baker’s own study has found profound therapeutic benefits in improving the memory and communication of dementia patients through song-writing.

Piano novice Renate’s piece is still being perfected for the song competition in September but the project has already turned her into a composer – something she’s never imagined.

“I didn't ever see myself as a song writer. I came up with a few ideas and then I needed the expertise of other people to take that to the next level to add that magic and they've done that. It's just a wonderful thing to work creatively with other people and especially in the field of music. It has made my life more fulfilling, I’ve thoroughly enjoyed this. I don't know what my next challenge is going to be then. It's a bit like facing the unknown but it’s all wonderful.  

Report by Jake Atienza 

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