Klarinet Archive - Posting 000568.txt from 2003/10
From: Tony@-----.uk (Tony Pay)
Subj: Re: [kl] Who speaks?
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2003 13:30:52 -0400
On Wed, 15 Oct 2003 12:39:11 -0400, joseph.wakeling@-----.net said:
> Here's something worth bearing in mind: you are *always* expressing
> yourself, or at least some part of yourself, when you play. How can
> it be otherwise? Certain things are going on inside your head and
> those translate into the movements of fingers, tongue, mouth, lips,
> diaphragm that produce the sound that... etc. You don't have to "put"
> yourself anywhere because you're *already there*. And this leads
> naturally to a different question: "Are these parts of myself which
> are expressing themselves supporting the performance, or getting in
> the way of the performance?"
> Perhaps this is more obvious when one thinks about another performance
> art---acting. It's something which most actors are very well aware of
> that when you are performing on stage you are always expressing some
> part of yourself. And they are also aware of what is deadly to
> performance---trying, or pretending. Trying to "be" the person you're
> playing, or trying to "put" feelings into your playing, actually
> destroys your performance, because the part of yourself that you're
> then expressing is *someone trying to express something or pretend to
> be someone else*, and this comes across clearly, leaving you (as the
> writer Hanif Kureishi put it) "as obvious as a Catholic naked in a
> So again we come back to the question, "Are these parts of myself
> which are expressing themselves supporting the performance, or getting
> in the way of the performance?" And "putting" or "trying" or
> "expressing" can clearly get in the way, because then you are
> expressing these things, rather than the things which your role is
> demanding. (Clearly there are times when you will *want* to express
> "putting" or "trying" or "expressing", but that's different---then the
> demand *is* coming from the role.) So now we're faced with a very
> different task---rather than trying to "put" ourselves into the
> performance, we can accept that we're *always there* and follow a
> different direction: finding the parts of ourselves which express the
> role in the best possible way.
I couldn't put it better.
Another way of expressing it is: what's required of you is in the realm
of 'being' rather than in the realm of 'doing'.
(I'll leave you to judge where "How to sell slow movements" lies in all
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