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TEDSalon Berlin 2014

Daria van den Bercken: Why I take the piano on the road ... and in the air

Daria van den Bercken: Why I take the piano on the road … and in the air

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Pianist Daria van den Bercken fell in love with the baroque keyboard music of George Frideric Handel. Now, she aims to ignite this passion in others. In this talk, she plays us through the emotional roller coaster of his music — while sailing with her piano through the air, driving it down the street, and of course playing on the stage.

- Pianist
Daria van den Bercken has played piano with major Dutch orchestras, and performed many a recital in her country’s famed concert halls. But her larger vision is to bring classical music to the masses. Full bio

Recently, I flew over a crowd
Nedávno jsem v Brazílii přeletěla nad davem čítajícím
00:17
of thousands of people in Brazil
několik tisíc lidí
00:19
playing music by George Frideric Handel.
a hrála jsem hudbu
Georga Friedricha Händela.
00:21
I also drove along the streets of Amsterdam,
Také jsem projela ulicemi Amsterdamu
00:25
again playing music by this same composer.
a opět jsem hrála hudbu tohoto skladatele.
00:28
Let's take a look.
Pojďme se na to podívat:
00:31
(Music: George Frideric Handel, "Allegro."
Performed by Daria van den Bercken.)
Georg Friedrich Händel: Allegro
Hraje: Daria van den Bercken
00:34
(Video) Daria van den Bercken: I
live there on the third floor.
Bercken: Bydlím támhle ve 3. patře.
00:53
(In Dutch) I live there on the corner.
(dánsky) Bydlím támhle na rohu.
00:55
I actually live there, around the corner.
Ve skutečnosti bydlím támhle za rohem.
00:57
and you'd be really welcome.
A byli by jste velmi vítáni.
00:59
Man: (In Dutch) Does that sound like fun?
Child: (In Dutch) Yes!
Muž (dánsky): Zní to jako dobrá zábava?
Dítě (dánsky): ano!
01:01
[(In Dutch) "Handel house concert"]
[(dánsky) "Händel house concert"]
01:03
(Applause)
(Potlesk)
01:28
Daria van den Bercken: All this was a real
Všechno to byl skutečně
01:40
magical experience for hundreds of reasons.
kouzelný zážitek z mnoha důvodů.
01:42
Now you may ask, why have I done these things?
Teď se možná ptáte, proč jsem to udělala?
01:45
They're not really typical for a musician's
Není to zrovna běžný
01:48
day-to-day life.
každodenní život muzikanta.
01:50
Well, I did it because I fell in love with the music
No, udělala jsem to, protože jsem se zamilovala
do hudby
01:52
and I wanted to share it with as many people
A tuhle lásku jsem chtěla sdílet s tolika lidmi
01:56
as possible.
jak jen to bylo možné.
01:59
It started a couple of years ago.
Začalo to před několika lety.
02:01
I was sitting at home on the couch with the flu
Seděla jsem nemocná doma na gauči,
02:03
and browsing the Internet a little,
prohlížela jsem internet,
02:07
when I found out that Handel had written works
když najednou jsem narazila na informaci,
že Handel napsal
02:09
for the keyboard.
hudební díla určená pro keyboard.
02:12
Well, I was surprised. I did not know this.
Byla jsem překvapená, dříve jsem o tom nevěděla.
02:14
So I downloaded the sheet music and started playing.
Takže jsem si stáhla noty a začala hrát.
02:16
And what happened next was
A co se stalo potom bylo,
02:21
that I entered this state of pure,
že jsem se dostala do stavu dokonalého,
02:22
unprejudiced amazement.
věcného obdivu.
02:26
It was an experience
Bylo to jako...
02:29
of being totally in awe of the music,
mít naprostou úctu k hudbě,
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and I had not felt that in a long time.
a tento pocit jsem předtím dlouho nezažila.
02:34
It might be easier to relate to this when you hear it.
Možná je snazší se s tímto sžít
když to uslyšíte.
02:38
The first piece that I played through
První dílo které jsem zahrála
02:42
started like this.
začínalo takto.
02:46
(Music)
(Hudba)
02:49
Well this sounds very melancholic, doesn't it?
Zní to velmi melancholicky, že?
03:14
And I turned the page and what came next
Otočila jsem stránku a co následovalo
03:18
was this.
bylo toto.
03:21
(Music)
(Hudba)
03:23
Well, this sounds very energetic, doesn't it?
To zní velmi energicky, že?
03:50
So within a couple of minutes,
Takže během několika minut,
03:54
and the piece isn't even finished yet,
a tato skladba ještě nebyla ani u konce,
03:57
I experienced two very contrasting characters:
jsem prožila dva velice odlišné pocity:
03:59
beautiful melancholy and sheer energy.
krásnou melancholii a čirou energii.
04:03
And I consider these two elements to be
A tyto dva elementy pokládám
04:07
vital human expressions.
za důležité lidské projevy.
04:09
And the purity of the music makes you hear it
A ta čistota hudby vám umožní to slyšet
04:12
very effectively.
velmi opravdově.
04:14
I've given a lot of children's concerts
Pořádala jsem hodně vystoupení pro děti
04:19
for children of seven and eight years old,
pro děti, kterým bylo 7, 8 let,
04:22
and whatever I play, whether it's Bach, Beethoven,
a ať už hraji Bacha, Beethovena,
04:25
even Stockhausen,
nebo dokonce Stockhausena,
04:29
or some jazzy music,
nebo i jazzovou muziku,
04:30
they are open to hear it,
jsou otevření ji slyšet,
04:33
really willing to listen,
opravdu ji chtějí slyšet,
04:35
and they are comfortable doing so.
a líbí se jim to.
04:37
And when classes come in
A když potom přijdou třídy
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with children who are just a few years older,
s dětmi, které jsou jenom o pár let starší,
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11, 12, I felt that I sometimes already had trouble
11,12, někdy jsem cítila, že jsem měla problém
04:45
in reaching them like that.
dotknout se jich podobným způsobem.
04:50
The complexity of the music does become an issue,
Komplexnost hudby začne být problémem,
04:52
and actually the opinions of others —
a názory ostatních-
04:56
parents, friends, media — they start to count.
rodičů, přátel, médií- začnou být důležité.
05:00
But the young ones, they don't question
Ale malé děti nediskutují
05:04
their own opinion.
své názory.
05:07
They are in this constant state of wonder,
Jsou v tom neustálém údivu
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and I do firmly believe that we can keep listening
a já pevně věřím, že můžeme
poslouchat tak,
05:13
like these seven-year-old children,
jako to dělají právě sedmileté děti,
05:17
even when growing up.
i když už jsme vyrostli.
05:19
And that is why I have played
A právě proto jsem nehrála
05:22
not only in the concert hall
jenom v koncertních síních,
05:24
but also on the street, online, in the air:
ale také na ulicích, online, nebo ve vzduchu.
05:26
to feel that state of wonder,
Cítit ten pocit údivu,
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to truly listen,
skutečně naslouchat,
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and to listen without prejudice.
a naslouchat bez předsudků.
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And I would like to invite you
Ráda bych vás teď vyzvala,
05:39
to do so now.
aby jste tak nyní učinili.
05:41
(Music: George Frideric Handel, "Chaconne in G Major."
Performed by Daria van den Bercken.)
Georg Friedrich Händel Chaconne in G Major
Hraje: Daria van den Bercken
05:50
(Applause)
(Potlesk)
09:17
Thank you.
Děkuji.
09:23
(Applause)
(potlesk)
09:25
Translated by Anna Rybnickova
Reviewed by Petr Jedelsky

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About the speaker:

Daria van den Bercken - Pianist
Daria van den Bercken has played piano with major Dutch orchestras, and performed many a recital in her country’s famed concert halls. But her larger vision is to bring classical music to the masses.

Why you should listen

Pianist Daria van den Bercken makes classical music lovers — and those who had no idea that they appreciated this kind of music — listen to classic composers with fresh ears. She has played with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, the Arnhem Philharmonic Orchestra and the Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, and is a regular guest at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam. But it’s bringing classic music to unexpected audiences where her passion engages.

While sick with the flu several years ago, Daria discovered the keyboard compositions of George Frideric Handel. She wanted to bring these beautiful works to the masses. With her project ‘Handel at the Piano,’ she played these pieces in unexpected places — even flying with her piano 25-feet over the audience at the Virada Cultural Festival in São Paulo, Brazil. Through a series of concerts, and an album, she asked audiences to rethink Handel.

Daria’s latest project is 'Keys to Mozart,' an effort to breathe new life into Mozart’s piano works. She is preparing to record an album for Sony Classical and will play a series of concerts too.

More profile about the speaker
Daria van den Bercken | Speaker | TED.com