Dear readers, Gomez, Mirabeau, and I will be whisked off to an “undisclosed location” to have “work done” in August, but we shall return in September, refreshed and renewed, ready to hold forth on a variety of subjects in the arts.
The following is a mini “laundry list” of potential topics for future blog posts.
An esteemed colleague of mine recently told me that there was no such thing as “French style” in music, only good musicianship applied to French music. I disagree.
What do we mean by “”style” anyway? People, objects, and actions all have “style.”
What about the “globalization” of orchestral players and conductors? Is an essential “regional accent” vanishing?
Our beloved “Western” art-music’s reliance on tonal (usually) harmony and counterpoint, and a relatively simplistic rhythmic system is culturally conditioned!
Let’s all develop what I like to call “big ears” a la Dumbo or Horton, and expand our listening abilities!
So, the “Elixir of Love” was really just red wine?
“A varnished painting of a man is not the same thing as a painting of a varnished man.” _Roger Scruton
And so . . . farewell, for now!
Copyright 2010 by Frank Daykin, for Innovative Music Programs