MusingMuso Posted September 9, 2007 Share Posted September 9, 2007 I have opened this thread because the subject is in danger of hi-jacking another one, and the question of performance may well run and run, thus obscuring the other thread completely. What I am asking is not what separates a good performance from a bad one, but rather, what separates a good performance from an utterly outstanding one? Mention has already been made of historical awareness and scholarship in its various forms, but is this the full answer, or are there other factors at play? As food for thought, and to level the playing-field a little, how many outstanding performances of the Vierne "Berceuse" have you heard? The notes are simple enough, but very few performers can pull it off to the point that the hairs on the back of neck stand on end and goose bumps appear on the flesh. How many utterly torrid performances of Bach have you heard, and why are they torrid? How many performers can make the distinction between French Baroque elegance and French baroque mannerisms? Ultimately, what is at the heart of a great performer? Self doubt? Perfectionsim? A need to communicate? Showmanship? Scholarship? The need to be noticed, loved or admired? Virtuosity of technique? Interpretation? There are so many things which can destroy a musician's best efforts, and some things crop up which cannot be forseen, but what is it....really....which is at the core of a great performer and a great performance? MM Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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