Post by Learnwell Post by Andrew Schulman Post by Learnwell
What is it, what does it look like?
If we were talking about painting you would ask what it looks like. Re: music, the question would be what does it sound like.
As Louis Armstrong is reputed to have said along these lines, If you have to ask what jazz is, you'll never know.
We are also talking about physical skill in the form of technique, practice freq
And there is where you and I (and possibly others) have got at
cross-purposes . I am not talking about skill, expertise, competence or
anything that can obviously be developed with practice as you suggest
(as in that journal article that I am slowing wading through), and with
which I agree entirely. What I am I am talking about that spark that
makes someone truly great in the eyes of others. This might cause some
fur and feathers to fly, but it isn't trolling. - The greatness in
classical music lies in the composition, so to what extent do the
performers exhibit greatness in that class? For example did Segovia have
it because he conceived a new way to play guitar and persuaded composers
to write music for him? I would say yes, but how about, say, John
Williams? There I'm not so sure. I think those who might be considered
great would go for other forms of music that are less rigid, like jazz,
or be composers rather than, or as much as, performers.
I quite willing to be persuaded otherwise on this opinion.