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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000419.txt from 2010/11

Subj: Re: [kl] Sabine Meyer
Date: Fri, 26 Nov 2010 04:50:11 -0500

-----Original Message-----
From: Arthur Acheson []

On 25 Nov 2010, at 10:30, Taylor, Noel wrote:

Music has rhythm, the body feels it - the body wants to move. Dance
is deep in us - and after all, a lot of classical music, including
Mozart, is based on the dances of the period. What the heck is the
problem about moving? It's natural.

Question. How natural, as opposed to learned, is the type of movement
in the Sabine Meyer video?
I ask this as I have worked with blind musicians and observed blind
musicians such as Roland Kirk, Ray Charles, etc. and their movements
are of a totally different kind. Could this be because their
movements are 'natural' as opposed to affectations?

Yes, I take your point to some extent. But we all learn specific ways to move from our surroundings. Blind people are held, cradled and dangled around like any other child.

Let me ask this then - if Sabine Meyer (for example) finds that when she moves in this manner that it always helps her to play better (by her own judgement) and be more in touch with the music in the way that SHE wants to play it, and that conversely - she plays worse, in her own judgement, when she stands still and concentrates like mad... well, if you were her, which option would you choose? As a listener which version would you prefer to hear/see?

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