benessa wrote:By implying that the re-creator of music is a passive vessel though which music passes, indicates a lack of understanding of the inherent musical process. When an artist creates a painting, it is there for all to see. Unchanging. A composer creates a piece of music and there it lies, in a score, in a library, in a store, on a shelf. It only lives when someone is playing it and someone is listening to it, and each time that happens is a unique experience (this applies to recordings, as well). Classical music requires the composer, the performer, and the listener. Calling the performer a re-creator is an injustice. The performer is also a creator. A creator of the moment when that music becomes alive. An equally sublime activity and tremendous responsibility. But attainable, for the amateur, in addition to the professional, although at different levels. And likewise, the more educated (musically, aesthetically, empathetically) and experienced the listener is the more likely he or she is to understand the subtleties and depth of a high level performance.
Gruupi wrote:So, maybe our disagreements aren't so great after all.
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