Peter Dickson Lopez


Composer

  • Not only is he enormously talented and endlessly patient but also and above all contagiously enthusiastic when it comes to music.
  • Dr. Lopez is wonderfully friendly, witty, sincere and a caring human being. His personality is delightful. He is sensitive, flexible, respectful and admired by parents, students, and peers.
  • He developed a great rapport with the students and with the parents. The students showed excellent progress under his direction.
  • He is a very progressive, patient, and effective teacher that the kids enjoy.
  • [Peter] has been extremely patient with [our daughter]. She only has access to practice on a piano every other week and Peter has modified his teachings to accommodate her limitations.
  • My daughter has developed her skills both playing the piano and in terms of the theory side and thoroughly enjoys her lessons with Peter. He goes above and beyond.
  • Peter does not only have an extensive knowledge of music but he also knows how to integrate the theoretical aspect with the practical one.
  • [Peter] is enthusiastic and can pick out the needs of each child quickly. My husband was very impressed with how positive he is with the kids.
  • Mr. Lopez is ... a very accomplished pianist who knows how to translate talent into educating his students. He is also a very understanding and approachable person.
  • Peter really knows how to relate to children, recognize their individual strengths/weaknesses and motivate them in their piano study.
  • Peter is a GREAT TUTOR. He is very patient and knowledgeable.
  • He is a great mentor and really cares and thinks from my perspective.
  • Great Tutor for Finale Keyboard Interfacing and Recording ... (September, 2013)
  • Thank you for all your patience ...
  • We are truly fortunate to have met you ... You are the best!
  • Thank you for being such a supportive teacher ...

Published on Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Introspective Q&A Nearing Final Work on The Ship of Death

On Classicism and Romanticism

(One more week or so to completing the final draft of Ship - finished IX yesterday.)
 
Question: What do you want to do with your music?
Answer: To give beauty, meaning and depth of feeling to others through the gift of my talent ([rich in] poetic lyricism); also to provide an answer or alternative to people who do not find "contemporary" music very pleasing, interesting or beautiful.
 
Question: How do you view the state of music in this century and particularly at this immediate time?
Answer: The musical efforts of musicians of the 2nd half of this century have disregarded a basic precept in historical tradition. The music of this time is as a macro universe reaching out, when in fact it should reach in.
 
Question: Doesn't this relate to the classical/romantic dialectic?
Answer: Yes of course.  Mark this:  classicism is as a macro universe reaching in, romanticism as micro universe reaching out.  At this point in time we have attained a macro universe extending from the romantic efforts of composers from Ives to Xenakis.  If we do not now relate to this immense macro universe with a sense of classicism, the very expansion which attained this universe will begin to dissipate it and thus we may lose, by simple lack of foresight and wisdom, the body and value inherent in our immediate musical heritage.  For me, Bach represents the epitome of a classical composer, Beethoven a romantic composer.  In every age there comes a time for repose, and after for expansion - and then repose [again], etc.
 
It is very evident that the very times now are calling - screaming - out for repose, reflection, codification - in short, classicism.  And this is what I meant when I mentioned earlier that composers today are disregarding a basic precept of historical tradition: instead of cultivating a classical sense, the composers are continuously worshipping the avant-garde - to wit, Romanticism.  If something isn't done [to correct this], the "stars may wink out".  I can assure you that people's ears are generally closed already!
 
Question: Where do you see yourself in all this?
Answer: I always used to consider myself "romantic" in the sense that my musical instincts stem from Chopin, et al.  But now, even though my sense of poetic lyricism is indeed founded in that romantic tradition, I definitely am a classically oriented composer, according to my [own] definition above.  Indeed this may help to clear the air about classicism vs. romanticism: the issue is not one of style, but of concept and environment - style is only symptomatic!
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A Two Year's Journal

Based on writings by the composer during his Paris sojourn from 1976-1978.
I started this journal during the Paris years from 1976-1978, but I have continued to make entries from time to time thereafter. My Online Diary is a kind of extension of this journal. I have decided to publish various writings from the original two years in Paris when I started the journal.


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