Transformation 変身!

Look at this picture please. This is a piece of furniture. What do you think it is? It may be a little hard to discern because there are reflections on the shopwindow. Yes that is actually a table! But when you look closely, two chairs are inverted with a wooden board on top. What a marvelous inspiration to use two “hidden” chairs for a table. These chairs are one of the types made by the company “Thonet”. I heard that since about 150 years ago, this type of chair  by the company Thonet was used especially in Viennese coffee houses and became quite popular. The company itself is German but this type of chair could be called traditional Viennese style. To construct a table from those chairs is a remarkable inspiration and an upside-down perspective. I think it is wonderful!

Picture by Yuka Simeno, Furniture shop in the 7th district of Vienna, 2019 (this shop manufactures made to order furniture)


ウィーン7区の家具屋さんの前で撮りました。2019年、示野由佳 撮影(この家具屋さんでは、注文に応じて家具を製作しているようです。)


Noron のろん

Now in Japan it is the season of “Seijinshiki”. That is a ceremony of having reached adulthood at 20 years old, which means that one is considered mature. Each region has ceremonies for 20 year-olds. Many dress in Kimonos for those ceremonies and especially girls wear beautiful “Furisode”. That is a colourful Kimono for unmarried young women with long sleeves. I think it is nice that in Japan this ceremony exists and it is like with that young people can be conscious of being mature and go out into the world. But I did not attend that ceremony because I myself did not feel mature at that time. Because I am “Noron”. This was my nickname in primary school. “Noron” means slow in Japanese. Yes, I was slow. Very slow. But I can defend myself because everyone in my family was much older than me. Especially my grandmother, the person who mostly took care of me. She was still quite fit at that time but her movements were slow and she could not hear very well. When I went shopping with her, I had to adapt to her speed and walked very slowly. Also because she could not hear well I had to speak slowly and loudly. My parents also were much older than many other childrens’ parents, because I was born quite late in their lives. My father was a rather introverted person, who often immersed himself in philosophy by himself. He did not like speed very much. When I spoke fast or made fast gestures, he scolded me. He wanted me to become a tender, diligent, empathic person, who had the capacitiy of thinking about others. If I had had a sibling, I might have been able to train some speed, but I am an only child. Therefore I have the honour of carrying the nickname “Noron”. However I believe that even “Noron” has a good side to it. The lesser beneficial side of it I should improve upon. But I want to live a long and healthy life at my very own pace…

日本は「成人式」の頃ですね。成人するという責任感を自覚し、爽やかに新たな出発をする…  「成人式」は素晴らしい式典だと思います。しかし、私は「成人式」に出席しませんでした。私は自分はまだ成人していない、と思ったのです。なぜなら私は「のろん」だから。



Picture by Yuka Simeno, Poysdorf 2011

Memory of a river 川の思い出

“Bam”! I hit my knee at the door. At first it didn’t look so bad but the next morning my left knee was swollen with a blue patch. Looking at my hurt knee, I thought that for a long time I had not been injured. When I was small, I often had some injuries. Maybe growing older one becomes more careful or skilled at moving around.         The picture above was taken close to my house in Japan. Since the first grade of primary school I have been living there. When I was in primary school, the river banks were natural. On the both sides there were  steep  banks covered with grass.The natural bank was removed and now there are concrete walls (about one metre high) separating the bank from the street. That is because one time there was severe flooding from that river. It is not beautiful nature anymore but it makes the residents feel safer. Despite those measures unfortunately there has been flooding again.        When there was still the natural bank, with my bicycle I wanted to cross a bridge over this river. That bridge was just flat concrete even without a railing. When  I wanted to turn from the street onto the bridge, I could not steer properly and fell down the bank. My bicycle tipped over between the bridge and the road and I alone rolled down the bank. Fortunately the bank stopped my fall and I did not get wet but I sustained many small abrasions and there was blood coming from small injuries. This looked awful but after some days I started to heal. Especially my knees were hurt. Those injuries were only superficial and it did not take long for them to heal. Shortly after, exactly the same accident happened to me again. But this not only happened to me. About the same time near the location of my accident I saw a smiliar bicycle accident one time. At the edge of the road close to the bank I saw a bicycle lying there and I thought who might have just left such a beautiful biycle lying around. Then I saw a man, completely soaking wet, crawling up from the river. That was in winter and he had a nice suit, which made me feel very sorry for him.

Back then, when I strolled at this bank towards the mountain as in the picture above with my mother, she often said “I love this scenery most”. I don’t know why but every time she said it, she spoke with Tokyo accent, where she spent her childhood, so maybe with her friends she uttered such words. The scenery has completely changed and my mother is no longer here. Only the mountain in the distance always looks the same.

Over the course of time, things change. When I think about that, I understand how precious time is. I want to value the present and live ….

ガン!ドアに膝をぶつけてしまいました。その時はそれほどでもないと思いましたが、翌朝見ると、左の膝が腫れ、青い箇所ができています。膝を抱えて怪我を見ながら、そういえば、こんなことは久しぶりだなあと思いました。子供の頃はこの程度の怪我はしょっちゅうでした。年齢を重ねるにつれ、人は、注意を払い、上手く動くことを学んでいくのでしょう。  上の写真は、日本の我が家の近くで撮ったものです。小学1年の時から住んでいる地域です。小学生だった頃は、この川には自然の岸がありました。両岸とも、道から川に下る、草に覆われた傾斜となっていました。現在は、自然の岸は取り除かれ、約1メートル程高いコンクリートの防壁が、川の周りを囲んでいます。川が氾濫したためで、自然の美しさは失われましたが、住民は安心できます。しかし、残念ながら防壁を作ってからも、幾度かこの川は氾濫しました。  まだ自然の岸があった頃のことです。私は自転車に乗って、この川にかかる橋を渡ろうとしていました。簡単なコンクリートの橋で、当時は欄干もありませんでした。道から橋に曲がろうとした時、うまくいかなくて、自転車ごとひっくり返ってしまったのです。自転車は、橋と道の境で横倒して止まりましたが、私は川岸の傾斜を滑り落ちていきました。途中で止まることができ、川には落ちませんでした。しかし、たくさん擦り傷ができ、血がにじみでてきました。特に、膝の傷が一番大きかったです。見た目はひどかったですが、大した傷ではなく、数日でよくなっていきました。ところが、その後しばらくして、私はまた同じ場所で同様の事故をおこしてしまったのです。しかし、私だけではありません。同じ頃、私が事故を起こした場所の近くで、川岸の道端に自転車が横倒しになっていました。綺麗な自転車なのに、どうしてここに放っているのだろうと思っていると、岸の下の方に、ずぶぬれのおじさんがひとり、這い上がってくるのが見えたのです。おじさんはきちんとしたセビロ姿で、しかも真冬だったので、非常に気の毒でした。



Picture by Yuka Simeno 2018  Can you see the evening star ? 宵の明星が見えますか?

Making my dolls 2 私の人形作り2

There are two ways of making my dolls. The first is: starting with the doll. The second is: starting with the material. The first way is in order to depict a situation with a doll. I want to express a situation with a doll and therefore I focus on making an appropriate figure for it. First thinking about the doll and after that I think about the clothes. The second way is choosing the material such as textile, wool , etc. which gives me inspiration. For example beautiful fine wool inspires me to use like human hair and to create a matching doll for this.  Especially beautiful textile design motivates me to create a matching doll for it. About 10 years ago I had a bit of luck and stumbled upon some stores in Vienna and in Japan which sold small textile samples.           In my hometown Kochi (Japan)  by chance I stumbled upon a store, which sold many different small textile samples. Because that store was a big store for cloth and textiles and had planned to close the store soon, everything was on sale or in small sizes also at reduced prices.  Most of the samples had a print on the edge “designed in Japan” and maybe also for that reason they were a good fit for my taste. I was so fascinated by the textile design and some are so sweet and some just beautiful and some feature interesting geometrical shapes and others have patterns similar to traditional Japanese kimono patterns. Most of the samples had a print on the edge “designed in Japan”and maybe also for that reason the way were a good fit for my taste. Also in Vienna fortunately I found many samples “made in England” at a very reasonable price.  I was so fascinated by those samples that I would almost like to frame them but I think these designs were made in order to create something from them. It is obvious that the design was made for that. If I were good at sewing I would also been able to make objects like small pouches , pencases, etc. When I look at those designs, suddenly I had an image what the doll should look like with that specific pattern. That was so entertaining and fun. Most of my dolls have been created out of the image I had from the textile sample. First cloth and second doll. You could call my dolls fashion models. Because I wanted to make small dolls, their clothes were small too and in order to enjoy them, the clothes could not be overly complicated. Therefore they almost  always wear wide skirts.

人形を作る時、私の場合、だいたい2通りのパターンがあるようです。1つは、人形から始める場合。2つは、材料から始める場合。1つめは、状況などを人形を使って表したい場合です。まず、どんな人形で状況を表現できるかを考え、次にその人形に合った服装を選びます。2つめの場合は、まず、毛糸や布地があって、それからインスピレーションを得るという形。例えば、細い繊細な毛糸は人間の髪の毛を想わせることがあります。それで、この毛糸を髪の毛にして、これに合った人形を作りたいな、と思い始めるのです。特に、私にとっては、布地のデザインが創造の源であることが多いです。10年ほど前、ウィーンと日本で、ハギレを売っているお店を見つけることができ、それにより私の人形作りに拍車がかかりました。  特に、故郷高知の大きな服地屋さんが閉店するにあたって、セールをしていたことにより、私は安価にたくさん、少なく切った布地を買うことができました。素晴らしいデザインの数々で、かわいいものや、美しいもの、素敵な幾何学模様や、和柄など。私は時を忘れてそれらを眺めて幸福な気持ちになります。布の端に「designed in Japan」と表示されているものが多いので、私の好みに合っているのでしょう。また、ウィーンでもイギリスでデザインされたという表示のあるハギレを安価にたくさん買う機会に恵まれました。私はこれらのデザインから感銘を受け、額縁に入れて飾り、眺めたいと思うほどでした。しかし布地のデザインというものは、それで何かを作ることを考慮して施されていると思うようになりました。もし私がお裁縫が得意なら、ペンケースなど作れたかもしれません。しかし私の場合、これらの柄に合った人形を考え出すことに大きな喜びを覚えたのです。先ず、布があって、それから人形を考え出すのです。まるで人形がファッションモデルであるかのようだと思います。しかし小さい人形なので、あまり難しい洋服は私は作れません。柄を眺めて楽しめるように、多めに布を使用して、ゆったりとしたギャザースカートを着せることがほとんどです。

Making my dolls 私の人形作り

Ever since I was a child I wanted to make dolls. After many and long tries, about ten years ago I started to make dolls with “Fimo” material. Some time I made many many dolls. Right now I am pausing but in the future I would like to make more dolls.       The thought of making dolls presumably has to do with memories of my childhood.      My mother was really good at sewing and she made a doll from fabric for me. Unfortunately it is made from cloth and the face was drawn on with a pen and got washed out, the eyes being quite realistic which I found a little frightening. Of course I was happy and grateful for that, I was about four or five years old at that time.     Back then, I became friends with the children from the house on the other side of the street, where I used to live (Saiwai-cho in Kochi City). From them I heard that their grandmother was making dolls. One time I was allowed to look in their grandmother’s room and it was astonishing because everywhere in the room there were beautiful dolls. They were so beautiful and I assume she was a professional. I guess the dolls were made of cloth and very precise in all details. I think I saw some realistic dolls wearing Kimonos. Ever since I saw that, I also wanted to make dolls.       Another memory from back then is that my father used to work at a high school (Ozu High School in Kochi city). One day some of his students came to our house to visit him. I think they all collected money together and brought a doll for me. She was so wonderful like the ones the grandmother from the neighbouring house made. She was a European elegant lady with a beautiful marron-coloured hairdo, a pearl-like necklace and wearing a rosé coloured semi-long dress. She was sitting on a small chair, both legs closed, stretched to the side below the knees. Her beautiful legs were slim and curvy, wearing high-heel shoes with pointed tips. She was in a plastic box and unreachable and she is only loking at me with her beautiful big eyes. She is still at my house in Japan and gives me happiness. When I see her, I think about the day I received her and I can relive that moment in gratitude.

As a dollmaker, I am entirely self-taught. I have studied singing thoroughly and deeply, which is my profession. But when making dolls, I want to express my creativity freely and spontaneously. Therefore I will never reach such a high level as my neighbours’ grandmother but for the time being, I am really happy and satisfied with that.

子供の頃から人形作りがしたいと思っていました。いろいろ試した後、10年ほど前から人形本体を「FIMO」という材料で作るようになりました。今は休憩中ですが、またいつか人形を作りたいと思っています。   人形作りへの想いは、子供の頃の体験に由来しているようです。  私の母は、お裁縫がよくできました。布を使って人形を作ってくれましたが、顔をペンで描いたのでにじんでおり、また、目がリアルすぎて怖いくらいでした。しかし、私はとても嬉しくて、感謝したものです。私が4、5歳くらいのことです。   当時の住居(高知市幸町)のお向かいの家に住んでいた子供達と仲良くさせてもらっていて、よく一緒に遊んでいました。その子達のおばあさまが人形を作っていらっしゃるとのことで、私はどんな人形なのかな、と興味深く思っていました。一度、おばあさまのお部屋を見せていただく機会に恵まれました。お部屋中、お人形がたくさん飾られていて、素晴らしかったです。子供だったのでよくわかりませんが、薄い布で作られた人形だったと思います。非常に繊細に、見事に作られた作品の数々…日本人形もあったと思います。きっと、おばあさまは人形作りの専門的な職人さんでいらっしゃったのでしょう。自分でこんなふうに人形が作れたら、どんなに嬉しいだろう、と私は思い始めました。   また、その頃、人形に関するもうひとつの出来事がありました。当時、父は高知市内の小津高校に勤めていました。ある日、数人の生徒さんが、父を我が家に訪問して下さいました。その際、多分、それぞれがお金を出し合ってのことでしょう、私にお人形をプレゼントして下さったのです。向かいのお家のおばあさまの作品のような、素晴らしいお人形!西洋の貴婦人で、栗色の髪は美しく結い上げられ、真珠のようなネックレスをして、短めのばら色のドレスを纏っています。椅子に両脚きちんと揃えて腰掛けていて、膝から下は横斜めに伸ばしています。細い脚は曲線を描き、その先にはツン!とハイヒール。手の届かないプラスティックの箱の中から、大きな美しい瞳で私を見つめているのです。その人形は今も日本の我が家に飾られています。それを見る度に、いただいた日のことを思い出し、喜びと共に感謝の気持ちが湧き上がります。


Picture by Yuka Simeno


Thunderous New Year in Vienna 元旦のウィーンに轟く雷鳴

A happy New Year! How did you spend the first day of 2019? Here in Vienna the weather was unstable, even before midnight there was loud thunder! Also there was strong rain. I did not look outside but I presume it might have been sleet. I was surprised and immediately pulled out the power cord for my computer from the socket, because I am afraid of thunderstorms. Since my parents were both working, my grandmother (mother’s side) always took care of me. She was born around 1900 and her education of me was quite old-fashioned. She was extremely afraid of thunderstorms and when it was getting stronger, she even closed the typhoon shutters, switched off all lights and electrical appliances, cowered small in the room and we had to murmur “Kuwabara, kuwabara…”. That is a protective spell against lightning. When I was about 4 or 5 years old, I wanted to go to a festival at a nearby shrine with some children from the neigbourhood. One older children, like a big sister to me, made a beautiful hairdo from my hair for that festival. She was so satisfied with having accomplished such a nice hairdo and I also look at myself in the mirror in satisfaction. In that moment, there was a sound of very loud thunder. Screaming, I pulled out all the hairpins from my head and ruined the beautful hairdo. The girl (“older sister”) was appalled and screamed “What are you doing?”. I was raised by my grandmother that lighting strikes metal objects like hairpins and mirrors also attract lightning. When there is thunder, I remember that day and laugh about it…

Later, in school and in documentaries, etc. I learned some things. I can differentiate between science and superstition, but I think the things that our ancestors passed on to us as knowledge are not always incorrect.

This year on New Year’s day I did not do something really special, I had a good time with toasting to the New Year and was a little delirious and lazy. At the end of that day, lightning struck my heart and woke me up. So I thought that this year should be spent with diligence and motivation going forward.

明けましておめでとうございます。元旦をあなたはどのように過ごされましたか?ここウィーンは、一日中変わりやすいお天気で、夜11時過ぎには突然雷が轟き、雨が激しく降りました。外を見なかったのではっきりわかりませんが、雪や雹が混ざっていたかもしれません。私は驚き怯えて、すぐ、コンピューターのプラグをコンセントから抜きました。私は雷がとても怖いのです。   子供の頃、 両親が共働きだったので、明治生まれの祖母(母の母)が私の世話をしてくれました。祖母は昔ながらのしきたりや習慣などをとても大切にしていて、雷には大変な畏れを抱いていました。雷がひどい時は、雨戸を引き、部屋の中で身を寄せ合ってうずくまり、「くわばら、くわばら…」ととなえるのです。   私が4、5歳の頃、住んでいた家の近くにある神社のお祭りに、近所の子供達と一緒に行くことになりました。「おねえさん」と私が呼んでいた年長の女の子が、私の髪をお祭りのため、結ってくれました。おねえさんは、きれいに結えたと喜んでいましたし、私も、鏡の中の自分の姿がまんざらでもない、などと子供心に思ったようです。ところがその瞬間、すごく大きな雷が鳴り響いたのです。私は金切り声を上げながら、頭からヘアピンを手当たり次第全部引き抜きました。「由佳ちゃん、どうしたの?!」と、おねえさんは叫び、ショックに呆然としていました。私は祖母から、雷はヘアピンなどの金属に落ちる、鏡に雷は入ってくる、と教えられていたのです。今も、雷が鳴ると、あのお祭りの日のことを思い出し、思わず笑ってしまいます。   後に、学校の授業やテレヴィなどのいろんな情報から、何が正しくて、何が迷信か、わかるようになりました。しかし、昔の人の言い伝えは、迷信のように思えるものでも、心に留めておくのがいいと思います。


Picture by Yuka Simeno, Salzburg 2017

Thought-jump from Kakinotane to 007 柿の種から007

One of my favourite Japanese snacks is “Kakinotane”. Those are spicy ricecrackers with peanuts. It is very popular and a long time ago a Japanese friend of mine in Vienna offered it to an Austrian friend. He became “addicted” to it and said that she should bring back two kilograms from Japan. My friend said “We must never let foreigners try Kakinotane because later there will be problems”. Nowadays in Vienna it is easy to buy Kakinotane, for example in so called Asia shops. There are some companies which produce it, but I especially love the ones from Kameda. Because it is imported from Japan, it is much more expensive than in Japan and so I only buy it for special occasions and I want to appreciate it as a treat. Usually one pack does not last very long. My Austrian husband loves Japanese food but he is not a very big fan of it. Therefore there will be no fight about Kakinotane. When I eat it he says “It stinks”. While you are eating you do not smell it, but for example on a train or in an airplane the smell is instantly recognizable. I cannot believe that a dried and hard snack has such a strong smell. In Kameda’s Kakinotane there are often six small packs in a big one and on each small pack there is one interesting story written on it. Today there is a story about rain forecast in Japan. In Japan the weather forecast shows the probability of rain in percent. According to this story 0% is not nothing. It is not read “zero” but rather “rei”. Zero is truly nothing but Rei means almost nothing but there could be a little bit. In German 0 is totally nothing.

By the way… In German 0 is read as “Null”. When I saw James Bond 007 in German language for the first time, I had to laugh because it sounds like “Nuru nuru sieben”. In Japanese there are many words to express sounds, feelings, actions, etc. “Nuru nuru” usually describes some oily or slimy slithering. Therefore the handsome secret agent suddenly did not sound so cool anymore. By the way… Roger Moore is one famous 007 and I am a huge fan of his. I rather prefer him as Simon Templar (The Saint) and Lord Sinclair (The Persuaders) but his 007 was a good fit at the time according to the Zeitgeist.

Yesterday I bought one pack of Kameda Kakinotane in order to have a special treat for New Year’s Eve and Day, today is the 30th of December and already almost all of it has vanished…

私は「柿の種」が大好きです。ずっと前、ウィーンに住む日本人の友人が、オーストリア人に「柿の種」を出したところ、そのオーストリア人は「なんて美味しいんだ!」と大喜びで食べ、やみつき状態になってしまったそうです。そして「君が日本に行く時には、これを2Kg、僕のために持って帰って来て」と頼まれたというのです。友人は「うっかり外国人に柿の種、食べさせちゃダメよ。あとで大変なことになるから」と言ってました。    今日ウィーンでは、東洋系のお店などで「柿の種」を買うことができます。いくつかの製造元の「柿の種」がありますが、私は亀田のを一番よく食べます。輸入された商品なので、日本で買うよりもずっと高価です。だから私は、特別な日や、いわゆる「自分へのご褒美」としてこれを購入することにしています。しかし、「柿の種」に目がない私は、すぐに全部食べてしまうので、楽しみは長く続きません。   私のオーストリア人の主人は日本の食べ物が大好きですが、「柿の種」はそれほどではありません。うばいあいにならないので良かったです。私が「柿の種」を食べていると主人は「臭い」と言います。食べている本人にはわからないようですが、確かに、飛行機や汽車の中で誰かが「柿の種」を食べていると、匂っていることがある気がします。このような乾燥した硬い食べ物が強く匂うとは、私は思っていませんでした。 亀田の「柿の種」は、1商品に小袋が6つ入っているものが多く出回っているようです。それぞれの小袋には、「こばなしのたね」と名付けて、興味深いお話が印刷されています。今日食べた小袋には、降水確率についてのお話が載っていました。「0パーセント」は「ゼロパーセント」ではなく「レイパーセント」と読む、「レイ」には「極めて小さい、わずかな」という意味があるので、「0パーセント」でも雨が降ることはある、という内容です。ドイツ語の「0」は全くの「無」です。

ドイツ語で「0」は”null”で「ヌル」と読みます。ドイツ語で初めてジェームズ ボンド、「007」を観た時、大笑いをしてしまいました。なぜなら「ゼロゼロセヴン」を「ヌルヌルジィーベン」と言うからです。かっこいいスパイも、こう呼んでしまっては滑稽だと思います。 ところで、私はかつてこのジェームズ ボンドを演じていたロジャー ムーアの大ファンです。しかし、TVシリーズのサイモン テンプラー(The Saint)やシンクラー卿(The Persuaders)の方が、彼にとても良く合っていて大好きです。彼のジェームズ ボンドも、時代に合っていて、良いと思います。


Picture by Yuka Simeno , Italy 2018

For you 贈り物

Today is Christmas Eve and I chose this video as a Christmas present. I read somewhere that young Chopin in his native country Poland took his piano outside, played there and his friends and neigbours enjoyed his music. I rememebred that also Gautama Siddharta delivered his teaching outside under a tree. The video above gives me wings of imagination to fly across time and space and fills my heart… (in this video Samson François  plays Debussy. The pianist and composer give me the image of the setting being in Paris).

今夜はクリスマス イヴ。それで、あなたに贈り物をひとつ。  ショパンは若い頃、生まれ故郷のポーランドで、ピアノを戸外に運び出し、彼の演奏を友人や近所の人達が楽しんだ、という話を読んだことがあります。また、お釈迦様が、戸外の木の下で人々に仏法をお教えなさったことも思い出します。   このヴィデオから、私は想像力の翼をもらい、場所と時を超えることができるような気持ちになります。そして私の心は満たされるように感じます…。(このヴィデオで、サンソン フランソワはドビュッシーを弾いています。演奏者と作曲家のイメージから、場所はパリあたりを想像します。)

I’m dreaming of a… ホワイト クリスマス

This year it is not so cold right now and there will be no white Christmas in Vienna. Back when I first came to Vienna, I was riding the streetcar and heard two girls talking about white Christmas. According to them, there absolutley must be snow at Christmas. On that day I was indeed snowing heavily and in that year there was really a white Christmas. But recently there have not been white Christmases. On TV they said that snow for Christmas in Vienna is actually rather rare historically. However, we would like to dream about white Christmas, how about your city…?

今日は気温が高めで、今年、ウィーンはホワイト クリスマスは望めないそうです。ウィーンに住み始めた頃、市電の中で、二人の若い女性が、クリスマスは雪が降らないとだめだ、と言っているのを耳にしました。そしてその年、本当に見事なホワイト クリスマスになったんです!でも、最近、ウィーンはクリスマスに雪が積もっていることはあまりありません。統計的に、昔からウィーンはこの時期、雪が降らないことの方が多いんだそうです。でも、やっぱりホワイト クリスマスを夢見たいですよね。あなたの街はどうですか?

Picture by Yuka Simeno  Vienna 2018

Singing 歌う

Ever since I was a child, I listened to Samson François’ (pianist)  music with passion. Back then I could not exactly understand my fascination with his music. Also when I was studying the piano, besides my fascination I always asked why he played differently than what was written in the scores. Later I changed my major from piano to voice and the beginning was quite difficult becuase in my head I was still in an instrument mindset. After continuously studying and also with good teachers, I understood bit by bit what singing is and what voice is. When I watched the video above, I felt deeply moved by it and something within me felt as though a big riddle had been cleared up. Out of joy I almost feel like crying. I want to ever more deeply study voice and because of watching this interview I think that I have not been “singing” enough. I feel motivated to “sing”.

Here is a brief overview of what he is saying:

He is not looking for virtuosity, speed or technique necessarily. He is constantly looking for the melodic curve. Rhythm must not be ignored, that is anti-musical. When one sings, one does not think about rhythm, rhythm comes after melody. Rhythm is a function of melody. As examples Beethoven and Schumann are architecturally constructed pieces. He seeks to go from note to the next note. In order to find the melody it is allowed to ignore a little bit the rhythm.  When he sees a piece, he thinks about how he would sing it. He tries to sing with the piano. In order to feel music, one has to sing it.

子供の頃から、私はサンソン フランソワ(ピアニスト)の演奏を、感動と共に聴いてきました。しかしながら、この感動がどこからくるのか、はっきりわからないままでした。ピアノを勉強していた頃は、感動と共に、何故彼は楽譜通りに弾かないのだろうと不思議にも思っていました。専門を声楽に変えたはじめの頃は、まだ私の頭の中が器楽的な部分が多くて、とても難しかったです。勉強が深まるにつれ、良い先生方のおかげもあり、少しずつ「歌」や、「声」のことが分かるようになってきました。このヴィデオを観た時、私は非常に強い感銘を受け、何か大きな謎が解けたような気がしました。嬉しくて、涙が出そうになりました。私は、もっと深く歌の勉強をしたいと思います。このヴィデオを観て、私はこれまで十分に歌っていなかったと思ったからです。歌いたいという気持ちが、湧き上がるように感じます。

このヴィデオでサンソン フランソワが言っていることを、下に大まかに記します。


メロディーの弧をいつも求めている。リズムを無視しているわけではない。リズムを無視することは非音楽性である。人は歌う時、リズムを考えない、リズムはメロディーの後からくる。リズムはメロディーの作用である。 例えば、ベートーヴェンやシューマンの音楽は建築のような作りである。ひとつの音から次の音を探すように移る。メロディーを探すために、少しだけリズムを崩すことは許されている。 楽譜をみる時、どのように歌うだろうかと考える。そしてピアノで歌おうとする。音楽を感じるためには、それを歌えなくてはならない。