… on replacing “us” with “that”. Yeah … the old computers can sound like musicians thing.



I read the article and I did the sound test and yes, I could hear the difference. I got it right. I’m guessing a lot of people couldn’t, with the clip they provide, because the main voice is clarinet and I think that’s an easier instrument to pull off. If they had chosen the slow movement of Eroica you can bet that most anyone with an ear would hear a fake oboe. It’s just too darn obvious.

But in any case, I still say that musicians have souls and computers do not and no matter what there is just something unique about a person playing an instrument that you won’t get with a computer.

And yes, of course I’m biased. You can’t expect me to be otherwise, can you?

06. May 2007 · Comments Off on What We Do · Categories: imported, Ramble

So here’s the thing: musicians are performers and we interpret what a composer gives us. If a composer writes something that is cold—and yes, that happens—we should play that way. (Sometimes “cold” is a very powerful thing, you know?) Sometimes we play something joyful, sometimes sorrowful, and sometimes incredibly gut wrenching. We can cause listeners to laugh, and we can move an audience to tears.

But we shouldn’t sit there and cry while we play (or conduct). We are working and we are doing what we do well (I hope!), and because of the music, because of what the composer has done (or hasn’t done), the audience reacts. But if we react to our own playing … well … I think that is selfindulgent. And distracting. And often even interferes with the music and causes us to go overboard with tempi, particularly when we are playing rubato or a ritardando.

Maybe I’m too picky. Maybe I should sit there and cry and enjoy myself in my sorrow. But I don’t think so. I don’t believe that’s the way it should be.

I’ll think more on this. Perhaps I’ll write more about it later. Time will tell.

Meanwhile … just a couple of quotes I’ve put up before:

…performing musicians don’t get to enjoy the experience the way audiences do. For example: if we wallow in the sadness of a sad piece, or the exultation of an exultant piece, it’s liable to distract us from the things we have to concentrate on in order to communicate that sadness or exultation to the listener.
Matthew Guerrieri

You should never be too much involved… otherwise, you suffer and you can’t sing. This is what happened in the very first years I sang Madame Butterfly.
-Renata Scotto

(One more Butterfly, and then I’m on to symphony!)

06. May 2007 · Comments Off on MQOD · Categories: imported, Quotes

Classical music is not stuffy, it just needs a different setting.

-Jean Jacques Cesbron

I’m all for putting classical music into different and new venues, but I will admit this sort of bugs me because of some of the ways classical is talked about. It’s as if some they interviewed like classical music because it isn’t jarring, doesn’t cause any kind of reaction … is, in fact, boring. So they use it because it isn’t at all distracting.

Oh well. Whatever.

I would like to hear Janine Jansen play sometime. I hear wonderful things about her.