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Klarinet Archive - Posting 001379.txt from 1998/03

From: Bill Hausmann <>
Subj: Re: Uncooperative Musicians and Definitions
Date: Sun, 29 Mar 1998 18:38:04 -0500

At 09:16 AM 3/29/98 -0600, Sarah B. Horney wrote:
>I must take up issue with your view. In my opinion musicianship has less
>to do with technical proficiency on a particular instrument and more to
>do with emotion. Anyone can learn an instrument if they have practice
>time and the drive to perfect technique. A musician can take a piece and
>convey a feeling to anyone who may be listening, whether it be a wall or
>a group of a couple thousand people. I guess that would make the person
>who can appreciate the emotion in an imperfect performance and put it
>above a technically flawless one without emotion is a true music
>A musician should be playing because it gives them joy to do so. A
>musician is someone who takes his/her talent and uses it to bring
>happiness to others. The simple song can be played with emotion, whether
>it be sorrow, elation, or something in between, by a true musician.
>I know that I am just a high school student, and your query stated that
>you wanted professionals' opinions, but I just couldn't resist. I thank
>you, however, for posing a question that gave us all an opportunity to
>examine our ideas about musicians. It is a term whose meaning is not a
>simple as looking in a dictionary.
You may be "just a high school student" but you sound wise beyond your
years. Here's hoping you continue to enjoy being a musician for a long time.

Bill Hausmann
451 Old Orchard Drive
Essexville, MI 48732
ICQ UIN 4862265

If you have to mic a saxophone, the rest of the band is too loud.

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