Monday, February 19, 2007

I stopped listening...why?

Ok, I'm not going to talk about the Joyce Hatto scandal seeing as every major music blog has already covered that territory. Suffice to say, even if this doesn't turn out to be the "crime of the century," I do think it will dredge up a lot of darker workings in the recording industry.

Jessica Duchen's blog posts on the topic are a good place to start if you have no idea what I'm talking about. Think "Milli Vanilli meets Classical Piano."

Here's what's on my mind tonight. Chironomy aside, I think Mitsuko Uchida must spend a lot more time listening to music than I do (see video below). I've decided that's a really big problem...I've become a musicologist with a whole lot of "ology" and not a lot of "music." I'm going to work really hard to fix that in the coming weeks. There are pieces in the "standard repertoire" I should know and don't. There are pieces that I've read about extensively but to which I have never listened. What is the point of THAT?

I sometimes feel that all musicology books should come with an accompanying CD of musical examples. Yes, I can usually plunk out melodies and do minimal score reading, but that's not really very helpful in the long-run (and absolutely useless when dealing with a lot of extended techniques in modern music).

It is time to redirect my energies back into music. Academia is the backdrop, but music is the star of the show.

Mitsuko Uchida shows us how it is done.

(Cross-posted at LiveJournal)

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