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Video: Emile Naoumoff posts passing thoughts as improvisations every day

By John Terauds on February 10, 2012

Emile Naoumoff is a Bulgarian-born, French-raised and educated pianist who counted among Nadia Boulanger’s last group of students. He has, since 1998, been on the faculty at Indiana University’s music school in Bloomington. He also runs a summer music academy in a château in Yvelines, on the far-western fringes of Paris.

Like many bloggers, he has thoughts he wants to record every day, in the form of improvisations at the piano. In slightly less than a year, he has posted 690 improvisations under the YouTube name Dafénéo, no doubt inspired by Eric Satie’s lovely mélodie.

John Terauds

John Terauds, Editor-Emeritus of Ludwig van Toronto, is currently a Divinity student at the University of Toronto and a church music director. He joined the Toronto Star in 1988, was the classical music critic from 2005 to 2012, and continues as a freelance critic for the paper. He is the co-author of Roy Thomson Hall: A Portrait, a book written with Toronto Star Colleague, William Littler.

He seems sane enough in No. 2, posted last March. But what is a serious music school or its students supposed to think about No. 640, from two weeks ago, or No. 690, posted yesterday?

Is this a silly act by a serious musician, much like Satie’s antics were?

(I clearly have nothing better to wonder about on a grey February afternoon.)

John Terauds

John Terauds

John Terauds, Editor-Emeritus of Ludwig van Toronto, is currently a Divinity student at the University of Toronto and a church music director. He joined the Toronto Star in 1988, was the classical music critic from 2005 to 2012, and continues as a freelance critic for the paper. He is the co-author of Roy Thomson Hall: A Portrait, a book written with Toronto Star Colleague, William Littler.
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