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Triple axels and the piano

Yulia Lipnitskaya:AP ImagesA few years ago, a composer who was writing a piece for me commented at one of our rehearsals that he wanted the audience to breathe the same collective “Aah!” at the end of the work as they do when a figure skater lands a flawless triple axel.  We were in the middle of the Olympics at the time, and as we were both fans of figure skating, triple axels were on our minds.  We are currently in the middle of another Olympic season and figure skating is again on my mind as I sit mesmerized watching the men’s, women’s, pairs, and ice dancing events.  And again I am pondering triple axels and playing the piano.  (And yes, I know that the photo at the left does not show a triple axel, but she is such an extraordinary skater!) Continue reading