Da Musically Inclined Bomb

DePauw University's First Year Seminar on Writing about Music

Saturday, October 07, 2006

Titles are over-rated (that's just temporary)

Once again on this cyber coil known as blogger, I feel inclined to chose Die Schone Mullerin for my next endeavor. The recital given by Tom Cooley, Tenor and John Clodfelter, piano was nothing short of amazing. With a beautiful voice and heart-felt expression, Mr. Cooley ignited the stage. The true value in this recital is the absense of over singing. In many of the softer pieces, not only sustained great pianissimo, but just caressing the notes ever so tenderly. Mr. Clodfelter played with great versitility, playing gentle where needed and intense as needed.
The value here is that music is not about playing notes on the page, but giving character and life to each note played.


At 10/08/2006 5:42 PM, Blogger iheart-t-ravs said...

Way to be short and sweet. lol. But seriously, the character a performer brings is so important, good point.

At 10/08/2006 6:43 PM, Blogger Godfather Outlaw said...

right on andrew.. notes arent music until there is character and life.

At 10/08/2006 7:43 PM, Blogger Kitt_Katt said...

so true, music is the life of each note.

At 10/08/2006 8:37 PM, Blogger Vera Lynn Waters said...

andrew your use of words is very poetic. i like that you also actually did a music review... which really isn't what i'm planning on doing. but way to follow the assignment! by the way, you said chose instead of choose in your first sentence, my english major friend. :)

At 10/08/2006 8:58 PM, Blogger Emily Rose said...

I'm glad you picked Tom Cooley, but I wish you had elaborated more on how his performance embodies a great example of a live performance, instead of just mentioning it at the end.
I did like your word usage though, it the paragraph well written, so that isn't what I think needs to be fixed. (?)

At 10/08/2006 9:03 PM, Blogger Mistuh Bond said...

I completely agree with you about the character a performer brings to the music. Remember the EMI thing we talked about? And music players. They can play notes on a page, but they can't convey feeling.

At 10/08/2006 11:16 PM, Blogger Renee said...

andrew makes a good point...music becomes what we enjoy when it is given character or life... live or recorded.

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