Czerny, Carl (Proper Noun): Austrian composer, especially of exercises in piano technique.
Although it is insistently repeated, I question the premise.
Is there anyone who is honored just to be nominated?
It is a gracious way of losing–and every human being should have that speech—a humble reaction ready to go for those occasions when it’s applicable.
But I am not so sure Mr. Czerny envisioned himself being the well-known composer of piano exercises for students grumbling their way through the keyboard.
Didn’t he listen to the music of Johann, Amadeus and Ludwig and think “I can do that?”
And then, perched at his piano, in the throes of a creative tornado, he writes a musical composition–and those who are deemed learned and astute decide it is worthy of being dexterity studies for tiny, childish fingers.
What does that feel like?
We all know the situation—let’s not be insincere.
No one who ended up getting fifth place in the “Homemade Apple Butter Contest” cleared a spaced on their wall for the lavender ribbon. No—it was prepared for the blue.
None of us sign up for a race, train for it, stretch, exercise and eat good food just to end up clumped in a pack of seven or eight people at the end, who are just grateful to have crossed the line.
Aspiration is a good thing.
But we must realize that inspiration is needed as much on the ground floor as it is in the penthouse.