Archive for the ‘Artistic Concerns’ Category

336 • Basic instincts

Saturday, February 11th, 2012

The pianist needs to nurture and reign the animal instincts he has - they are essential to his musicianship. Even intellectual and abstract music, be it by complex organization or denial by transfigurative representation, emerges from and relates to emotions. There is no music without passion.

See: 146 • You have to use the animal that you are on stage, not become one.

326 • Bipolar

Thursday, February 9th, 2012

It needs a mixture of ignorance and arrogance to come to a conclusive interpretation or just even a rendition of a master music composition. How dare we try to derive a definitive interpretation of a creation so much larger than our selves? Never lose the awe for the universe you are entering and explore it thoroughly.

See: 93 • Hubris, Narcissism, and Humility
See: 377 • Solution to Sorites

322 • Social animal

Thursday, February 9th, 2012

"The artist should seek integration (not necessarily approval or understanding) into society. Otherwise he serves himself, not society, and ultimately not art."

Robert Schumann (1810-1856)

See: 215 • Mirror, mirror …
See: 19 • The unhappy Artiste

321 • Play the first note of a recital as if it is the last.

Thursday, February 9th, 2012

Elisabeth Leonskaja

316 • The anachronism of the top 100

Thursday, February 9th, 2012

See: Huffington Post Arts & Culture ~ The Anachronism of the Top 100 in Classical Music

313 • Pantomime Menace

Thursday, February 2nd, 2012

The body language of classical musicians has to obey the desires and demands of classical music, not the desires of self-promotion or the demands of a marketing scheme.

See: 275 • The Seven Fundamental Fallacies in musical expression

310 • Musicosmos

Thursday, February 2nd, 2012

Seek the microscopic unevenness necessitated by
technical compression - clusters,
rhythmic topology - gesture,
natural dynamics – pitch level,
melodic curvature – interval tension, and
harmonic cadence - rubato.
In the macrocosmos of music those are the keys for expressive interpretation, musical "meaning" emerges there, that's what reading between the lines means, that's what makes the mesoscopic rendering of a musical composition an inspired experience.

304 • Surfers of music

Thursday, January 12th, 2012

Surfers on the ocean: the forces of gravity holding the board in place - like Rhythm giving shape to form; the condensing and releasing movement of the waves - like Harmonic cadence giving shape to phrase; the raising and cresting of the waves at point break - like dynamics giving shape to Melody. Those are the physical laws a surfer encounters, these laws are universal.

Composers create the ocean of music according to (or against) fundamental principles (rhythm, harmony, melody) and then surf it in their individual manner. These fundamental musical principles, though man made, resemble universal laws and (in the best of cases) appeal to the archetypes of man.

Performers must grasp and recreate these principles and follow the trails of composers into the fray.

298 • Technikós

Thursday, January 5th, 2012

The Greek word technikós means art and craft. Craft is a matter of education and training but art is the result of a personal path.

297 • Rhythm must have character beyond meter!

Thursday, January 5th, 2012

Meter is organized time, but Rhythm must be expressive. It can be winged, heroic, tragic, tender ...

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