Timaru pianist shares Beethoven links

CLASSICAL PIANIST: Adrienne Wood, a Timaru music teacher, has links to Beethoven.
CLASSICAL PIANIST: Adrienne Wood, a Timaru music teacher, has links to Beethoven.

"Music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy."

The quote by German composer Ludwig van Beethoven, 1770-1827, is as applicable to him as it is to Timaru music teacher Adrienne Wood.

She has a direct link to Beethoven through her music teacher Dora King who was a pupil of J A Bunz who was taught by Theodore Leschetizky, a student of Carl Czerny who was taught by the grand master himself.

That means the many Timaru children she has taught over the years are just six steps removed from the illustrious composer when they sit down at the piano.

Wood, who has been teaching for 25 years, is a great fan of Beethoven and her interest stems from her teacher writing about the link on top of her accounts.

"I am now a fulltime piano teacher and currently have 45 to 50 students," Wood said.

Not surprisingly, her favourite musical instrument is the piano and her favorite composition to play is Beethoven's Waltz in A Flat.

She is also a great fan of other composers and modern artists.

"I love the four-part harmony of Mozart's Ave Verum. I also love getting my students to play Coldplay and I particularly like Skyfall by Adele," Wood said.

Her favourite New Zealand composer is Gareth Farr and she reckons Sol3 Mio are tremendous.

"Gareth Farr incorporates tunes from the South Pacific and they are lovely," she said.

As for Sol3 Mio: "I have been an opera fan forever and I think they are fantastic.

"I am thrilled these three guys have made it (opera) OK."

She is also the musical director of St Mary's Church and when she is not teaching and playing the piano, she likes looking after her garden and her 9-month-old granddaughter.

She is currently organising the St Mary's Music Festival to be held on August 30.

South Canterbury