I believe the musician's very first and final task is to discover the infinitude of each and every tone encountered in each and every piece of music - and I believe the best way to begin this endless journey is to pay attention to the world of sound within which we actually live -
All this thought got me to thinking -
Consider the instances, in the music you listen to or play, where the composer makes use of the repeated tone -
The opening Bb of Chopin's Eb Major Waltz - like the flourish of a trumpet or the warbling of a great singer - The repeated D in the left hand of Beethoven's op. 28 Sonata - All the times Mozart gets on a note and plays with it in a way so entertaining, amusing, and tender at times, then so fierce, manic and furious at others -
Oh, and wait-There's more!-There is the whistling of the train, which-as Marguerite Young said in a fit of whimsy no doubt-is "the final human sound left upon this planet."