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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000815.txt from 2001/05

From: (William Wright)
Subj: Re: [kl] Performing/non-performing
Date: Tue, 29 May 2001 02:03:18 -0400

<><> Tony Pay wrote:
It's a crazy dichotomy, this performing/non-performing distinction.
If I said that I didn't like public speaking, and therefore didn't give
lectures, you'd understand me.

But if I said that I liked best to talk when there was no-one else
around, and that I was really only happy talking to myself in the loo,
you'd think I was potty.

Tony, you've oversimplified the situation (imo). For example, there
are lots of people who like to meet at a restaurant or in a friend's
home and chit-chat for a couple of hours. This is neither
'performance' in the sense of giving a lecture in public, nor is it
narcissistic in the sense of talking to oneself in the loo.

In the same way, there are more goals in music besides performing
on a stage vs. singing in the shower.

It happens that one of my friends (the retired technician whom I've
mentioned several times) plays in a small orchestra which never performs
in public. They get together every so often, much in the spirit of
what we Yanks call a "coffee klatch", and they just play something
(usually they have agreed in advance what it will be).

One final example: the bulletin board at our largest sheet music
store is covered with little notes that say such things as "Trio for
piano & harp & oboe, any oboes out there? Apple strudel & latte

Really, when you get down to it, anyone who takes lessons is
playing with someone else in a non-performance context.


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