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Like many people, I listen to a lot of music but don't have that many opportunities to go to concerts. Yesterday, I was watching a representation of Prokofiev's Romeo And Juliet Suite, a piece I really love, and I was once against amazed by how wonderful not only to listen to music, but also to see it performed and by how beautiful an orchestra actually and how incredible an accomplishment it is that this big "thing" work the way it does, as if the brains of the musicians were connected by an invisible network (and yes, I know the role of the conductor) [video:youtube]tbwjW8MyYT4[/video] This is obviously only an example, but what a joy to "watch" music, I so wish we would see more concerts on TV.
I totally agree Richard, but for various reasons it's really hard for me to go to a concert so most of the time means plugin a headphone or when the neighbor is at work cranking up the sound of my hifi system (the sound on the headphone is better, but on the other hand, you don't feel it the way you do with the speakers). But, it's so much better when you can see the performers (and I fully agree even better when you are in the concert hall)
... see it performed and by how beautiful an orchestra actually and how incredible an accomplishment it is that this big "thing" work the way it does, as if the brains of the musicians were connected by an invisible network (and yes, I know the role of the conductor)
You experience this connection when playing with others. You understand the role of the conductor. Above all others I watch Seiji Ozawa. Notice the intimate connection he has with everybody in this video. Seiji gets it like nobody else.
Ron Your brain is a sponge. Keep it wet. Mary Gae George The focus of your personal practice is discipline. Not numbers. Scott Sonnon
I prefer live music. I don't listen to much recorded music, or radio. Live is a different experience. In the U.S., many larger cities have free or low cost concerts, that a person can find out about using the Internet. The question is often whether a person wants to go see a community orchestra, or what some people might consider a second, or third tier performer, is another question. Me, I prefer live.
Even what some might call a third rate performer is often is in the top 5% of those getting performance degrees. Most that get a performance degree tend to be accomplished musicians. So even what some might call a lower tier is a select group, because there are so many more good performers than there are jobs for them.
The difference between live and recorded, is another reason I encourage beginners to perform live, because it is a different experience. Yes, it is more stressful, but also potentially much more rewarding.
I totally agree, Jean-Luc. I volunteer at the symphony, & I usually attend half a dozen or so jazz concerts @ the local college every winter as well, so I get to see lots of concerts. & I never stop being amazed, especially by the symphony - how can so many people play this TOGETHER??? I like your suggestion of brains connected by an invisible network.