Musical Maestro: Yiruma

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Yiruma is the stage name of I Ru-ma (born February 15, 1978), a popular internationally known pianist and composer from South Korea. The name “Yiruma” means “I shall achieve” in Korean.

Yiruma frequently performs at sold-out concerts in Asia, Europe and North America. His Alma Mater King’s College in England helped him gain European popularity and recognition. His most popular pieces include, “River Flows in You“, “Kiss the Rain“, and “May Be”. His most popular album First Love was released in 2001.

He began playing the piano at the age of five, and moved to London when he was 11, in 1988, to study at The Purcell School of Music. He possessed dual citizenship of South Korea and the United Kingdom until 2006, when he gave up his UK citizenship to serve in the Navy of South Korea [mandatory for all male South Koreans]

- Wikipedia (click the link to read more)

It’s my pleasure to introduce to you all another artist inducted into the Hall of Musical Maestros (it used to be just a list before) next to Mr.Mauriat. I found Yiruma on, not surprisingly, YouTube a few months ago. Simply put, his music takes you places and also the ones within yourself evoking tender memories, some others long forgotten and memories-to-be, if that makes any sense. And I’m certainly not the only one who feels that way.

Lovely isn’t it -^ It truly is, I lost count of how many times I’ve listened to it. It’s beautiful instrumental music like this that I love to play especially on rainy days. Why? Because well, I dunno, it adds something more to to the atmosphere + it cancels out the bleak sky-scape, if you know what  mean. In my next post you’ll be hearing more of Yiruma and P. Mauriat.

Enjoy the music today while you can so tomorrow you’ll have memories of a better yesterday :)

~Devina~

Paul Mauriat and his ‘I like Chopin’

I found this this wonderful piece of ear candy (in this case a huge bar of Cadbury milk chocolate) on YouTube mid-last-year and boy was I lucky! But let me tell you a little more about Mr.Mauriat first before I get carried away. I understand that Mr.Mauriat ‘fine-tunes’ or remakes the instrumental part of many songs in addition to his original compositions, for instance Paul fine-tuned ‘I like Chopin’ (in the video above) which was originally done by Paul Mazzolini aka Gazebo who sang it, here’s his version.  There’s more on Paul on this website.

Paul Mauriat (4 March 1925 – 3 November 2006) was a French orchestra leader, conductor of Le Grand Orchestre de Paul Mauriat, who specialized in the easy listening genre. He is best known in the United States for his million selling remake of André Popp’s “Love is Blue”, which was #1 for 5 weeks in 1968. Other recordings for which he is known include El Bimbo, “Toccata” and “Penelope.”

- Wikipedia (click the link for more details)

The first time I listened to Mr. Mauriat’s ‘I like Chopin’ I fell completely in love with it’s magical notes! Many times when I listen to this particular song of his, I close my eyes and every time I feel as if I’ve been transported onto the streets of Paris (where I very much would like to visit some day) and this feeling within me is impossible to describe! The music just flows inside of me and I’m filled with this elation, I can feel the music. It’s like if the notes will the cells of my being with this energy that I feel vibrating inside me. I’ll understand if you didn’t get what I meant to say, this sort of thing is dreadfully hard to describe precisely.

Somehow Mr.Mauriat’s music had made me fully appreciate Mozart and Bach,  can’t tell you why, all I can do is feel. And he was the one who had made me fallen in love with the piano and the violin. The violin, in my opinion, is an instrument that must have fallen from heaven! When we love the music that certain artists dreamed up and made a reality, some of us might say they make ‘magic’, personally there’s only a very few of these men and women whom I consider to be true magicians and as you can imagine, Paul Mauriat is among that short list of mine, a list which I fondly refer to as The Magical Maestros.

You can expect more videos of Mr.Mauriat’s magical masterpieces in the future. Though he’s no longer with us today, I still would like to thank him for the music he had made for us to savour. With a heart brimming with gratitude, I thank you Mr.Mauriat.

In a another up-coming post I will introduce you all to another favourite artist of mine who also had secured his place on the The Magical Maestros. I really do hope you liked ‘I like Chopin’  :) I would very much love to hear your thoughts on what you think about his music as well as the work of those in this genre.

Until then enjoy the gift of music.

Peace :D