Piano Song – The Moon Represents My Heart

Most piano players are well acquainted with songs composed by Beethoven, Mozart, Bach, Liszt and many other great composers from the classical era.

Modern music be it jazz, hip hop or R & B are influenced by what they created hundreds of years prior. What we listen to now are evolved version of classical music.

Present day pop culture is dominated by western music just like in the world of classical music – there has been no Asian equivalent of a Mozart or Beethoven.

Every piano song I have learned so far were written by composers from Europe and America until one day when I was asked to play ‘The Moon Represents My Heart’.

It is song made famous by a beauty from Hong Kong blessed with a voice of a nightingale, Teresa Teng. If Bruce Lee was the most successful dude ever to come from Hong Kong, Teresa Teng is the chick equivalent.

The title of the piano song itself reveals that this is a love song.

The song starts off strongly with a line of chords. Play them with firm fingers to ensure clear harmonic melody is produced.

Watch out for the instruction in the score to play the opening chord progressions one octave higher. Sometimes eagerness to play through a piano song causes us to miss the tiny details.

Just after finishing executing the last chords that make up the introduction of the song, prepare to begin what is the actual poem of love that is ‘The Moon Represents My Heart’ - very quietly with utmost delicacy enter the ballad by playing the A and D (RH) with the softest of touch possible. Here you wish to draw attention to the tonal contrast between the opening phrase and the heart of the song.

Any piano teacher will instruct her students to practise scales and arpeggios everyday, even after they have progressed to intermediate level.

The stubborn ones like me prefer to skip them, “I want to play Lizst because my God given awesome talents should not be wasted on scales and arpeggios!”

Well, it was not hard for an experienced teacher to instill some humility in her increasingly pompous pupil. The 7th to the 9th line of this song bundles a long sequence of arpeggios to be played in legato and unbroken continuously with the left hand.

Apparently, there are many piano pieces that have patterns of arpeggios or scales written into them.

If you are accustomed to practising those, encountering them while trying to learn a piece would be like a stroll in a park.

The serene tempo and pace of the song’s middle parts is about to be dramatically altered as it nears the end.

The last 3 lines call for the RH to weave out an exquisite tune of chords with an elevated intensity to convey the feeling of longing nostalgia and all consuming love that a girl feels when she is singing this song.

Flexible and nimble fingers come in handy for the grandiose finale when you have to roll a 4-note chord in the RH and a 3-note chord in the LH.

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