R – After two and a half years of verbose blog postings, here’s a nice brief one for you! This thought came to me a couple of Wednesdays ago while I was drinking my morning coffee and just waking up:
Rehearsals are where the work of the composers are utilized to elevate the performer. Concerts are where the work of the performers are utilized to elevate the composer.
What do you think?
And the role and reaction of the audience? If the goal is entertainment, the quality of the performers will determine that. If the goal is to showcase an educational product (school choir), the quality of the rehearsals will determine that! If the goal is to elevate the audience, the quality of the literature (in conjunction with the performers’ successful execution to present it the way the composers intended) will determine that.
Hmmmm… I think I just articulated my choral philosophy, my educational philosophy, AND that I am a more coherent thinker when I’m only half awake! 😉