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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000323.txt from 2003/10

From: (Tony Pay)
Subj: Re: [kl] Who speaks? (was: Lying awake early in the morning)
Date: Fri, 10 Oct 2003 15:53:06 -0400

On Tue, 7 Oct 2003 20:21:02 -0700 (PDT), said:

> Tonight on a Public Broadcasting station, a performer was asked to
> discuss his own emotions while performing, and he said: "With [this
> music] I restrain my emotion and allow the music to speak for itself."

I don't know what he was talking about, or whether you represented him
accurately in what you say here; but it's *always* appropriate to allow
the music to speak for itself. That applies not only when it's
restrained, but also when it's passionate, dramatic and even egocentric.

> I wonder how often this is the proper way to think about music?
> Always? Only with certain compositions? Never? At what point do you
> risk....I don't know, emasculating? by not putting some of
> your own feelings into it?

What you do if you're any good is to put what you recognise as 'its'
feelings *into you*.

*Your* feelings are beside the point. *Putting your feelings into it*
just buggers it up.

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