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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000605.txt from 2001/04

From: (Tony Pay)
Subj: Re: [kl] Re: Revelli, Perlman, and other geniuses
Date: Wed, 25 Apr 2001 14:47:41 -0400

On Wed, 25 Apr 2001 10:23:54 -0400, Spiegelthal.Dave@-----.COM said:

> The discussion of the personality traits and quirks of famous
> musicians such as Itzhak Perlman and William Revelli causes me to ask
> a philosophical question: To what extent does extraordinary talent
> permit a person to be (pardon the word) a jerk?

This may be a question worth discussing, perhaps in order to deconstruct
the assumption that underlies it, to do with whatever the word 'permit'
could possibly mean in this context.

On the other hand, I don't think that what I said about Perlman amounts
to a 'personality trait', or a 'quirk' that's capable of being separated
from the music (or the 'metamusic').

It's rather that some aspects of musical performance throw us outwards
into a contextual world that inevitably includes such things as
'selfishness' or 'conceit' -- just as it inevitably includes things like
'courage' and 'commitment'. Audiences can perceive such attitudes much
more easily than we sometimes realise.

We need to know that that's part of what we engage with when we play.

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