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Rebuting Nodame Cantabile: Introduction of Classical music in Musical Nodame

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Exciting news for those who are big fans of "Nodame Cantabile," a Japanese manga that was turned into a TV drama series! It is ready to be restaged as a musical in October 2023. What's even more surprising is that Juri Ueno, an actress who played Nodame, will be replaying her role in the musical.

"Nodame Cantabile" is the beloved romantic comedy manga and TV series that tells the story of two genius music students, Nodame and Chiaki, who inspire and challenge each other to reach artistic heights. Shinichi Chiaki is a talented pianist and conductor studying at a prestigious music university in Japan. He dreams of becoming a world-renowned conductor, but his life takes an unexpected turn when he meets a gifted pianist, Megumi Noda, a weirdo who goes by the nickname of "Nodame." Perfectionist and free-spirited musician seems to have dissonant harmony, however, surprisingly then soon lead to a romantic harmony. Their musical and personal growth is key in this series to watch, as their different personalities help each other by complementing their weaknesses.

"Nodame Cantabile" offers a heartwarming story of love and self-discovery within the world of classical music, which has led to its phenomenal success. In other words, if you are into either this show or classical music, this musical is a chance for you to dive into the extraordinary world of classical music!

We'd also like to briefly introduce the classical music that will be featured in the musical. Knowing these pieces beforehand will give you extra joy when you take your seat at the theater!

"Symphony No. 7 in A Major, Op. 92" by Beethoven

If you've watched "Nodame Cantabile," you might have already listened to one of Beethoven's symphonies. If you want to explore beyond the well-known ones, Symphony No. 7 could be your next choice. Interestingly, Beethoven himself regarded this symphony as his "most excellent symphony," which is surprising considering it's not the famous 5th or 9th symphony. Beethoven began composing Symphony No. 7 in 1811, and it premiered in Vienna on December 8, 1813. This concert is believed to have been Beethoven's most successful one in his life. Even critics who rarely praised new music pieces were complimentary about the sophistication and simplicity of this composition. The rhythmic elements, often likened to a folk song, make this symphony stand out.

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"Rhapsody in Blue" by George Gershwin

If you have an interest in both jazz and classical music, George Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue" is waiting for you. Gershwin, an American composer from the jazz era, was deeply influenced by jazz music and developed his unique style by incorporating jazz elements into his music. Opening with a famous glissando passage, "Rhapsody in Blue" remains one of Gershwin's masterpieces. It blurs the line between classical and jazz music, leading many to question the difference between popular and European music.

The piano sheet music for Rhapsody in Blue can be found here.

"Symphony No. 25 in G Minor, K. 183" by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

If you've seen the biographical movie "Amadeus" about Mozart, you'll recognize that this piece serves as the movie's opening. In other words, it's one of Mozart's famous compositions. Surprisingly, Mozart composed this piece when he was just 17 years old, and experts believe he wrote it in only 2 days. It's no wonder that many consider Mozart the greatest child prodigy in music history.

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"Symphony No. 40 in G Minor, K. 550" by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Another piece by Mozart! However, you'll sense a slightly different mood in this composition. It was composed in 1788 during a difficult period in Mozart's life, because of the loss of his daughter. This personal struggle influenced him to compose this symphony in a minor key, which is rare among his symphonies. The piece reflects the artistic movement of "storm and stress," revealing Mozart's depression and stress through darker musical colors.

"Piano Concerto No. 2 in C Minor, Op. 18" by Sergei Rachmaninoff

Do you remember the scene in "Nodame Cantabile" where Chiaki played the piano while Nodame wore a bear costume? If so, you may recall this piece. Many fans of the series consider it their favorite music performed throughout the show. Chiaki's mesmerizing piano performance impressed this piece to many fans, which eventually made this scene popular. Interestingly, before this composition, Rachmaninoff struggled to receive praise from fans and critics. However, with this piece, he gained recognition in the competitive world of classical music. As a virtuoso pianist himself, Rachmaninoff composed this concerto for pianists with large hands, making it extremely challenging to master. Watching Chiaki perform it again! It will make you appreciate its difficulty even more.

Besides Piano Concerto No. 2 in C Minor, Op. 18, we have prepared other works by Sergei Rachmanioff as well. Come find more!

"L’isle Joyeuse" (Island of Joy) by Claude Debussy

There are two different beliefs in what was the subject of Debussy's inspiration for composing this piece. One theory suggests that his inspiration came from a painting that captivated him, while the other theory proposes that Debussy found inspiration during his stay on the Channel Island of Jersey in 1904, where he escaped with Emma Bardac, who later became his second wife. Whether one of these theories is true or not is not crucial. What truly matters is the emotional impact of the composition. When you listen to this piece, you will inevitably find yourself falling in love with it. The chromatic melodies will bring you immense pleasure, and the trills will transport you to a fantasy world, creating a magical experience.

"Dies Irae" (Day of Wrath) by Giuseppe Verdi

As soon as you start listening to this work, you'll be immersed in the emotions it evokes. The strong first motif from the beginning is widely used in cinema today for its powerful and intense feeling. But was this piece truly intended for a horror movie? In fact, Verdi composed it as part of a Requiem Mass to honor an Italian hero. The medieval musical elements are evident, as the name suggests.

"Aquarium" from "The Carnival of the Animals" by Camille Saint-Saëns

Can you imagine the challenges of living as a child prodigy? Much like Michael Jackson, Saint-Saëns was a victim of public expectations placed on child prodigies. He withheld this piece from public performance until his death, and it was first premiered in 1922, 30 years after its composition. You may associate this music with Harry Potter's signature theme due to commonalities in instruments and techniques. Glissando is featured prominently in the opening, while a mysterious melody stands out.

If you are looking for a sheet music for "Aquarium", click here.

"Flight of the Bumblebee" by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

What can be said about this piece other than "Flight of the Bumblebee"? Rimsky-Korsakov actually observed the movements of bees and incorporated them into the music. This piece comes from Rimsky-Korsakov's opera, "The Tale of Tsar Saltan," where the main character transforms into a bee to fly more efficiently. You can relate this music to the busy movements of bees as they search for food!

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Whether you're a fan of "Nodame Cantabile" or classical music in general, this new musical will once again take your breath away with its introduction of music performed by talented actors!

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