Archive for the ‘Observations’ Category

430 • Mozart does not feel at home in a porcelain doll house.

Monday, January 12th, 2015

428 • Fatal Interpretation

Friday, September 26th, 2014

The young pianist played like Lord Nelson's frigate captain, who was so enthusiastic about the fleet going to war with the Spanish Armada that he started firing his cannons still anchored at the harbor. Too soon too loud!

426 • The profound pianist played like a Buddhist monk … without any desire.

Friday, June 27th, 2014

425 • Playing like a machine is not the problem.

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

There are beautiful, complex, fascinating, and unique machines.
Playing like a primitive, clumsy, obsolete, or assembly line machine is a problem.

424 • Necrophilianist

Monday, November 25th, 2013

Full of masculine virility the enthusiastic young pianist dug up the corpse of a genius composer and violated it.

419 • Executive Command Center

Tuesday, September 24th, 2013

To cultivate better results by making better decisions as an artist at the piano (road to mastery), one has to grasp, witness, and constantly improve the relations to

1) the instrument ~ its potential through knowledge of both anatomies and the mastery of physical technique,
2) the composer ~ the score through knowledge of style and fluency in the musical language, and
3) oneself ~ and particularly one's responsibility to, the cultivation of, and the especially interaction between 1) and 2).

418 • The Pianist’s Extended Mind

Monday, September 23rd, 2013

The Extended Mind Thesis (Clark & Chalmers) states that "... the human organism is linked with an external entity in a two-way interaction, creating a coupled system that can be seen as a cognitive system in its own right. ... Remove the external component and the system's behavioral competence will drop, just as it would if we removed part of its brain."

In other words: if you don’t rely on your in-brain memory alone and use a notebook to augment your memory, the notebook serves your memory not unlike a cognitive function, as an actual extension of the mind. Loose the notebook and you might forget to remember something potentially essential.

If the notebook is an extension of the mind, the grand piano and the infinite potential that comes with and from is not only an extension of the biological mind but also of the artist's ineffable soul. As pianists we inevitably have to subscribe to the EMT directive - we have to play the piano as an extension of our minds and souls. The transcendent pianist does not play the piano as an instrument of the external world, but rather as an extension of his internal mind and soul.

The artistic believe that there is an other level of human awareness might have yet another scientific inspiration: if we play our instrument with the understanding that it is an extension of our minds and souls, rather than a separate object of the material world, we may be able to understand ourselves more truly as creatures of this universe.

415 • Jazz Hands

Monday, September 23rd, 2013

What is proper movement at the instrument for the classical musician? A minimum of action for a maximum of expression. Observe the greatest virtuosi or the greatest athletes: they move as much and as little as necessary to serve the purpose of expression and excellence.

In contrast: look at the self serving and purely theatrical movements of world wresting federation's superstars and the elastic affectations and emoticonesque contortions of contemporary Rock & Pop icons. When classical musicians move in that way, they surely must compensate by body language for the vacuum of original concept and content. A rather recent phenomenon.

A career based on acting in sports, rock, pop or classical music - i.e. show business, entertainment - surely makes lots of money and probably provides an exorbitant amount of fun.

A career of contribution and achievement however is rewarding and meaningful by its results. A career based on artistic excellence and integrity is priceless. A truly ageless phenomenon.

414 • Waterwalker

Monday, September 23rd, 2013

The desire for the pursuit of excellence is the paramount talent. The staggering reality of talent however is, that it is not a mysterious gift but the motivator and the result of methodical practice.

How can every man become a genius, a virtuoso, a master, an artist, and athlete, a champion, a Templar Knight? By constant strive for excellence, the most important talent, guided by uncommon devotion, dedication, discipline, and vision.

All there is, all creation is made by the laws of nature. That includes also our creations: science, knowledge, war, art, and religion. There is no conclusive evidence that the miracles and reality of the atom, the library of Alexandria, the sword and shield, the Sistine Chapel, and the holy book were not crafted by the hand of mortal men within the laws of nature. But these achievements are human domain to all: if every child, man, and woman, was cultivated by, inspired to, and in pursuit of greatness in art, philosophy, science, craft, or government, the world would be a better place.

409 • Individual progress is not a democratic matter

Friday, June 21st, 2013

It needs the tyranny of an singleminded, unquestioned, and sacrificial pursuit of excellence!

  • A weblog of thoughts, ideas, concepts, observations, suggestions, research, methodology, discoveries, rules, exceptions, aphorisms, and secrets from pianist to pianist.
Total number of posts: 436
YouTubeRSS FeedFacebook