By Carol Montparker
Those intensely own and perceptive essays discover the author's lifestyles as a pianist - practising, acting, educating and writing - yet they can be the strategies and reflections of any artist. They recount the demanding situations, rewards and joys of her studies in her selected career.
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Of all music, Bach requires supreme concentration, not only for the initial learning but also for the process of peeling off layer upon layer to get to the deepest level. Slowly, phrases in the form of posed questions, and then answers, pop off the page like so many holograms, hitherto hidden from one's vision; wit, sadness, elation, all emotions are "colored in" (with as much delight as a child confronting a fresh page in a coloring book) with a variety of touch, dynamics, stretto, rubato, voicing, and so on.
One partner might have a chamber music temperament, the other a soloist's; the chamber music type's idea of a heavenly violin and piano duo might be the Mozart sonatas, while the soloist prefers a Wieniawski concerto. The twain do not easily meet, and such collaborations might lead to a soloist-type bopping a chamber-type on the head with his bow! Listening to someone's practicing is more difficult for a musician than for a nonmusician. One musician-spouse might want to verbalize her responses to a concert (between compositions), or squeeze her partner's hand; the other musician-spouse might be locked into an insulated world of concentration and resent Page 42 the intrusion.
Dash likens the artist to a bit of litmus paper floating through the world. " <><><><><><><><><><><><> It seems to me that artists are more isolated now than they were, for example, during the Romantic and Impressionist periods, when dialogues and friendships between poets, painters, and musicians ignited the transference of ideas from one art to another. In our own home, my husband, Ernest, whose expertise lies mainly in literature and films, and I treasure our evenings with other creative artists; abstract ideas fly back and forth with no boundaries or barriers between forms or mediums.
A Pianist's Landscape by Carol Montparker