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#1718560 - 07/22/11 09:44 AM you, your instrument and musical expression
luc nijs Offline
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Registered: 07/22/11
Posts: 3

Recently I've read some articles in which some statements about musical expression made me wonder what musicians would really think about it.
So I've made a very simple poll with only two questions.
It would be really wonderful if you could take this poll...
You can also find the statements that there made me make this poll.

link for the poll:

Thank you very much!!!


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#1718682 - 07/22/11 12:56 PM Re: you, your instrument and musical expression [Re: luc nijs]
david_a Offline
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Registered: 11/11/09
Posts: 2913
Interesting statements and questions, Luc. I think this deserves some thought.

I didn't answer because I wanted a "sometimes" choice to go with the "yes" or "no".
(I'm a piano teacher.)

#1718701 - 07/22/11 01:23 PM Re: you, your instrument and musical expression [Re: luc nijs]
polyphasicpianist Offline
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Registered: 02/21/11
Posts: 1238
Someone related a quote to me once. It went something like this:

Liszt played the piano as if it was a lion that needed to be tamed. Chopin played the piano as if it was a woman that needed to be caressed.

Kinda seems relevant given the questions in your poll.

#1718756 - 07/22/11 02:48 PM Re: you, your instrument and musical expression [Re: luc nijs]
antony Offline
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Registered: 11/12/07
Posts: 400
Loc: Portland, OR
It seems the opposite to me. People are awed by the apparent ease of executing something, which they can tell is very difficult even though it does appear to be effortless for the performer.

I think the effort or "struggling," which leads to affectation, is seen as genuine expression in the pop world

#1719376 - 07/23/11 03:34 PM Re: you, your instrument and musical expression [Re: luc nijs]
rada Offline
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Registered: 09/07/06
Posts: 1124
Loc: pagosa springs,co
I play the piano as if it were my voice. A common reaction I get is wow listen to that talent and I think well you have no idea how many hours have been invested. Of course the time doesn't matter to me because I love to play and only wish to be better, have more repertoire, and succeed in my eyes. In the meantime there is no price that can be put on something you love to do.



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